Optus, La Trobe Univ consortium wins AUD 550,000 in funding for cyber security project

Friday 10 August 2018 | 09:37 CET | News

A consortium including Optus and La Trobe University have secured AUD 550,000 from AustCyber (the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network), for a project to boost Australia’s cyber security defences. The Cyber Intrusion Detection System was originally developed by Cybermerc, who will act as the consortium lead on the project. The platform is created with custodians of critical infrastructure in mind, employing tools developed by deception.ai, a business unit of the Australian cyber security company Penten and one of nine chosen from a pool of more than 50 applications. 

This project aims to deliver a next-generation Intrusion Detection System (IDS) that exposes sophisticated cyber actors inside high-value target networks. The platform uses deception techniques and analysis of attacker’s psychology. This intelligence is used to identify actors inside these high value targets to significantly reduce the time from compromise to containment, Optus said.

The funding allocation resulted from a cyber security partnership between Optus and La Trobe, which also led to the recruitment of respected cyber academic Professor Jill Slay to the role of Optus Cyber Chair last year. The initiative will also involve La Trobe University students studying undergraduate and post-graduate cyber security courses, giving them real world experience while still at University and ensuring they graduate ready for a successful career in the cyber sector.

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Categories: Internet / IT / Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Optus
Countries: Australia
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