Researchers at Monash University have partnered with the Oceania Cyber Security Center (OCSC) to launch a new project to provide organizations in the Indo-Pacific region with training to protect themselves against the latest cybersecurity threats.
Researchers seek cybersecurity and information technology (IT)-focused participants from 11 Indo-Pacific regions to receive free training in advanced cryptography to help protect against threats from quantum computers. I’m here.
Over the next three years, the Post-Quantum Cryptography Program in the Indo-Pacific (PQCIP) aims to work with the following organizations and government agencies:
- Malaysia, Indonesia.
- Samoa, Tonga.
- Papua New Guinea (PNG)
- Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
- Cook Islands and Nauru.
Ron Steinfeld, project director associate professor at Monash University’s School of Information Technology, said encryption is one of the key safeguards against data breaches.
“However, most currently deployed ciphers are not strong enough to withstand attacks from large-scale quantum computers capable of rapidly deciphering most of today’s encrypted data. We expect it to become a reality in the next few years.”
“Cyber-attacks and data breaches have increased significantly in recent times. It is now very important that neighboring countries strengthen their ability to counter existing cyber-threats while preparing for the next generation of attacks.” Steinfeld Associate Professor said:
Through PQCIP, Monash and OCSC cybersecurity experts will conduct an in-depth assessment, coordinated education, planning, and cyberthreat assessment cycle of current post-quantum cybersecurity capabilities for participating organizations and government agencies. To do.
Dr. James Boorman, Head of Research and Capacity Building at OCSC, said the purpose of the program is to provide participants with an advanced understanding of post-quantum cryptography, comprehensive knowledge of related tools, and an understanding of the threats of quantum computing. Develop your own transition plan to protect your organization from
“Training is tailored to local needs, made available online after the course, and designed to help most government agencies (except military, intelligence and law enforcement) or within any organization IT or cybersecurity. It is available free of charge to anyone who manages or works in 11 countries.”
“We look forward to hearing from anyone interested in building these capabilities. Jointly standardizing and strengthening cybersecurity in these countries will lead to stronger relationships and data protection across the region.” It will happen,” Dr. Boorman said.
The new PQCIP is funded by the US Department of State, and all components of the program are available free of charge to select participants.