Cyber security taught in high schools, thanks to BT and Big Four banks

CIO | February 18, 2019

Australian high school students will be taught cyber security skills “for the first time” as part of a $1.35 million initiative backed by the Big Four banks, AustCyber and BT. The ‘Cyber Challenges’ program, which launched today at St Andrews Cathedral School in Sydney, is an optional element of the compulsory digital technologies curriculum, and encourages school kids to “think like a hacker”. There are four challenges – developed by the Australian Computing Academy (ACA) at the University of Sydney – which cover online personal safety, cryptography, networking and SQL injections. “There is a significant lack of awareness and skills around cyber security – in society in general, and amongst students,” said James Curran, academic director of the ACA and one of the original authors of the digital technologies curriculum.

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Whether employees are negligent or malicious, IT security teams (and ultimately, CISOs) are responsible for protecting the organization from breaches and risky behavior. But outdated, traditional security solutions don't offer enough protection from threats inside organizations. Security professionals need a new playbook for dealing with insider threats.

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Whether employees are negligent or malicious, IT security teams (and ultimately, CISOs) are responsible for protecting the organization from breaches and risky behavior. But outdated, traditional security solutions don't offer enough protection from threats inside organizations. Security professionals need a new playbook for dealing with insider threats.

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