New partnership connecting Western students with cyber industry

WYWM event

Western Sydney University has partnered with WithYouWithMe (WYWM) – an innovative employment and education start-up – to help students prepare for careers in the cyber security industry.

During a special event at the University’s Parramatta South campus, Tom Larter, CEO ANZ, launched ‘Project Sierra’ – a cyber security training project run by WYWM in collaboration with AustCyber.

More than 100 students attended the event to hear from an expert industry panel including representatives from Telstra, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Accenture and LiveHire.

Western Sydney University offers a Bachelor of Cyber Security and Behaviour (opens in a new window) – the only degree in Australia that analyses both the human and technical sides of cyber security – as well as a range of arts, social science, computer science, data science and robotics degrees which all provide opportunities to explore the emerging field of cyber security.

Professor Simeon Simoff, Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics said the University’s partnership with WYWM presents a valuable opportunity for Western students.

“This exciting partnership is an example of the University’s efforts to prepare students for success in the increasingly complex and fast-paced world, by providing them with a well-rounded broad learning experience, with strong connections to employers and industry networks, and high tech capabilities,” said Professor Simoff.

“Western graduates are already highly sought-after in the cyber security industry. Now that they will also have access to the Project Sierra training in complement to their degree, their diverse range of knowledge and skills will be all the more compelling to employers.”

As a result of the new partnership, Western students will be amongst the first students to participate in Project Sierra.

WYWM aims to test more than 1,000 Australian undergraduate students, with the top 100 to be offered free access to the training.

Students are encouraged to register on the WYWM website (opens in a new window) and complete the testing by September 2018.

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20 August 2018

Danielle Roddick, Manager, Media and Public Relations