Minister Announces First Cyber Security Professor For The Northern Territory

Minister Announces First Cyber Security Professor For The Northern Territory

Northern Territory Minister for Corporate and Information Services Lauren Moss

First-Ever Cyber Security Professor In The Northern Territory

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government is investing $1.5 Million over the next 3 years and $850,000 ongoing to strengthen cyber security controls protecting government’s ICT network, as well as better supporting Territorians and Territory businesses to be cyber safe.

Cybercrime can affect any business, no matter how small the enterprise, and it is important that business owners have the tools to recognise the threats and avoid being the next victim.

 

Minister for Corporate and Information Services, Lauren Moss announced today, as part of this investment, the appointment of Associate Professor Mamoun Alazab to the new Associate Professorship in Cyber Security. 

“Cyber security is important and attacks on businesses can lead to reputational damage, costly disruption and financial loss for small businesses.” Minister for Corporate and Information Services Lauren Moss said.

“This investment is about supporting local business from a growing risk.”

This new position is part of a jointly funded $700,000 agreement with Charles Darwin University (CDU) over 5 years, to lead both teaching and research in cybersecurity and to assist in building local cyber security capability within the Territory.

Associate Professor Alazab’s research has focused on cybersecurity and digital forensics, particularly cybercrime detection and prevention. He has been involved in past research work to support agencies like the Australian Federal Police, Attorney General’s Department and major banks in Australia.

“I am very excited to join CDU and look forward to contributing to its success. It is a privilege to be leading the Cyber Security program and to further advance its excellence in research and teaching.” Associate Professor Mamoun Alazab said.

Northern Territory Government’s cyber security package also includes enhanced ICT security control systems and tools, additional cyber specialist technical resources, a digital cyber security and awareness program to promote cyber safety in government, businesses and the community and the creation of a Cyber Security Operations Centre.

“Cybersecurity is firmly entrenched as a key national security priority. It is estimated that Australia will need more than 10,000 cyber security professionals over the next decade.” CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks said.

As part of efforts to better cyber protect local businesses, the Northern Territory Government is also delivering free Be Cyber Smart presentations in Darwin on 9 October and Alice Springs on 12 October to help businesses protect against cybercrime.

Presentations provide practical advice on IT security and how to understand threats and better protect against them.