Edith Cowan University will partner with the WA Government in a new agreement aiming to better secure WA’s public sector.
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ECU and the Office of Government Chief Information Officer will formalise the existing relationship between the University and State Government.
The agreement further recognises ECU as a world-leader in cyber security and will see the University’s expertise in the area utilised to help protect Western Australia.
It will also provide valuable opportunities for ECU’s cyber security students to work with government agencies and departments on research projects and Work Integrated Learning.
ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman welcomed the agreement.
“Cyber security is one of the most significant challenges facing government and businesses globally and it’s encouraging that the State Government recognises that importance,” he said.
“ECU is a world-leader in the field of cyber security research and teaching and this agreement is further recognition of that expertise.”
“We welcome the opportunity to work with the State Government to grow the state’s cyber capabilities and educate the next generation of cyber security professionals.”
ECU has existing relationships with WA public sector including WA Police and the WA Auditor General’s Office.
The WA State Government is a key partner with ECU in the $139 million Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre headquartered at the University’s Joondalup Campus.
In 2017 ECU was named one of just two Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in Australia by the Federal Government.
The Joondalup Campus is also home to the WA node of AustCyber and the State Government’s Joondalup Innovation Hub.