La Trobe University and National Australia Bank have formed a strategic alliance to improve cybersecurity research, skills, and commercialisation. The two parties signed the agreement in the Victorian Parliament yesterday.

Under the agreement, La Trobe and NAB will work together to develop technical solutions in “cyber intelligence, protection, digital forensics, reverse engineering, malware detection and response” as well as collaborating on training and education.

The alliance also includes the potential for NAB and La Trobe to co-invest in facilities, including a Security Operations Centre (SOC) and/or Cyber Laboratory in the future.

Skills development

La Trobe will develop new short courses for NAB staff and offer opportunities for them to research higher degrees including a Masters of Cybersecurity.

The bank wants to give an industry input on the cybersecurity challenge and will propose research questions for students as well as offer scholarships and internships.

NAB will become a new member of the Optus La Trobe Cybersecurity Hub Advisory Committee and also provide specialist staff as guest lecturers for the university’s Master of Cybersecurity course.

“La Trobe University is already at the forefront of research, teaching and policy development though the establishment of the Optus La Trobe Cybersecurity Research Hub,” La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said in a statement.

“Partnering with NAB will provide us with an added level of invaluable expertise. We are already researching the latest malware detection and sensing techniques, and the opportunity to expand this research to areas such as data detection and forensics analysis will benefit all Australians.”

NAB Chief Enterprise Security Officer, David Fairman said the alliance marked an important step for furthering collaboration between academia and industry.

“We’re thrilled to join forces with La Trobe to gain deeper insights, identify threats more effectively and help shape the future curriculum for the next generation.”

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