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CBA, UNSW team up to train cyber security experts

The Australian
8 December 2015
"CBA, UNSW team up to train cyber security experts

Last week’s hack of the Bureau of Meteorology’s supercomputer is the latest publicised example of a cybercrime problem estimated to cost Australia $1 billion a year. UNSW cybercrime expert Richard Buckland said the threat was snowballing as the burgeoning network of connected organisations relied on computer managers with diminishing skills. You can find more information in the following links:


CSE students have been successful in recent cyber security competitions

CSE team K17 placed 10th overall, 4th among undergraduate teams and 1st out of 35 Australian teams at the preliminary round of NYU Poly's annual 'Cyber Security Awareness Week' CTF ( ; This is the largest and the preeminent university based security competition in the world.

A CSE team placed 1st in the preliminary round of Trend Micro's 'Asia Pacific & Japan’ CTF (


Congratulations Prof. Carroll Morgan for wining the NSA Cybersecurity Research Paper Competition

One of Carroll Morgan's papers was recently announced as the Winner of Annual NSA Cybersecurity Research Paper Competition 2015. Here you can find more information:

Prof. Sanjay joins working groups to improve Australia’s cyber security

Prof. Sanjay Jha has been invited to the joint Working Groups that will co-design a new national Cyber Security Strategy to assist the Government with next steps to improve Australia’s cyber security. This initiative is coordinated by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.



Congratulations to our five teams in this year’s Cyber Security Challenge Australia

Congratulations to our five teams in this year’s Cyber Security Challenge Australia which came 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 29th!

This makes UNSW the champions every year for the four years that the competition has run.

CySCA is a ‘hacking’ competition run by an alliance of Australian Government, business and academic professionals who are committed to finding the next generation of Australian cyber security talent. CySCA is Australia’s only national cyber security competition. It runs over 24-hours and began at 12pm Wednesday 30 September 2015 and concluded at 12pm Thursday 1 October (AEST).

UNSW4 were also the "pentesting finishers" (meaning that they finished all of pentesting challenges first, and also were the only people to do so).

The five teams were:
UNSW1: Niel van der Westhuizen, George Caley, Adam Chyb, Genevieve Anne
UNSW2: Alyssa Besseling, Donny Yang, Oliver Tan, Glen Carmichael
UNSW3: Daniel Phillips, Nick Whyte, Nicholas Laver, Sean Yeoh
UNSW4: Andrew Bennett, Thomas Phillips, Bruce Hely, Adrian Goldwaser
UNSW5: Jordan Brown, Jake Bloom, Andy Zhu, Devesh Mitra

Well done to all of the teams!


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