Torrens Uni launches cyber defence scholarship

Fortinet Australia Pty Ltd

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 04 January, 2024

Torrens Uni launches cyber defence scholarship

International-student-focused Torrens University has introduced a new cyber defence scholarship in collaboration with cybersecurity company Fortinet and the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia.

The new scholarship will provide a 75% reduction in tuition fees for both employees and owners of SMEs to complete the Graduate Certificate of Cybersecurity.

As part of the course, graduates will be able to complete two levels of the Fortinet Network Security Expert Certification Program: the Fortinet Certified Fundamentals and Fortinet Certified Associate.

Torrens University CEO and president Linda Brown said the new program will also allow SMEs to meet their requirements showing their preparedness and maturity in cybersecurity.

“The Graduate Certificate of Cybersecurity program combines expertise and insights from Fortinet with strong academic foundations, which is critical to adequately prepare students for the adversaries faced,” she said.

“While threats will continue to evolve, Torrens University, the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, and Fortinet are working together to ensure graduates are equipped with the latest skills.”

Recent research from KPMG Australia and the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia indicates that Australia has the potential to generate 80,000 highly skilled jobs and attract $24 million in capex by 2030 by boosting its exports of emerging technology to the US, according to the chamber’s CEO April Palmerlee.

“Enhancing the number and capability of those working in cybersecurity is especially important to Australia’s economic prosperity as digital technologies and services are entwined with the growth of trade and supply chain interdependencies,” she said.

“As outsourcing and collaboration between trusted partners with aligned values and security interests grows, many changes in the geopolitical environment require organisations to be hypervigilant. Education results in increased awareness within companies and is a critical measure to building resilience to cybersecurity threats.”

For more information about the Cyber Defender Scholarship, visit the Torrens University website.

Image credit: iStock.com/SARINYAPINNGAM

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