26 September 2023

ASD and ANU link up to fight cyber crime

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The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has teamed up with The Australian National University (ANU) on new scholarships to help train the next generation of experts tackling major challenges across cybersecurity, data science and cloud computing.

Assistant Minister for Defence, Andrew Hastie launched the new Co-Lab Honours Grant, which offers $8,000 in funding for exceptional students to focus on leading research projects with real-life impact.

“Based at ANU, the Co-Lab brings together leading ANU academics and some of ASD’s foremost analysts and technologists to collaborate on research projects and STEM career pathways for students – with Australia’s national security at its centre,” Mr Hastie said.

“Growing ASD’s workforce to support its mission is a top priority – talented people are at the heart of ASD’s capability,” he said.

“So I’m pleased to announce that ASD’s technical experts, in conjunction with ANU researchers, will offer 30 Honours students bespoke training, career guidance and mentoring while working on real-world problems in real-world settings.”

Mr Hastie said now more than ever, ASD needed people with a rare mix of specialist skills, adaptability and imagination to defend the nation against the most sophisticated adversaries.

The Minister said the new grant program welcomed students who were interested in a career with ASD and aimed to foster new talent for the Directorate’s growing, multi-skilled and diverse workforce.

“Grants are available to students undertaking a research project during their Honours year that aligns with ASD research interests including the following fields: Mathematics; Engineering; Computer Science; Linguistics; Statistics; Psychology; Sociology; and Languages,” Mr Hastie said.

Further information on the Co-Lab Honours Grant program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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