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UNSW launches cyber micro-credentials with Telstra

UNSW Canberra has partnered with Telstra to co-develop two cyber security micro-credentials covering security fundamentals and secure coding.

Although the initial intake of students will comprise 100 Telstra employees, the online courses will eventually be open to people in all types of roles, Telstra’s Asia Pacific chief information security officer Narelle Devine said.

One of the micro-credentials, ‘Security Fundamentals’, is a five-week introductory course on a range of computer security topics aimed at learners with a technical background or an existing security skillset.

The other course, ‘Secure Coding’, runs for eight weeks and is designed to cater to people with experience in the basics of software development.

It seeks to further build a consistent security knowledge, capability and accountability among DevOps professionals.

UNSW Canberra cyber director Nigel Phair said it is increasingly important for businesses “to ensure they are not only up to date with the latest training, but that their people are equipped with the skills required to adapt to the changing landscape”.

“We are proud to develop with Telstra a suite of highly specialised training based on our leading expertise in international security affairs, complex systems security and artificial intelligence,” Phair said.

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