What is your current role? How long have you been with CIS?
As Director of the University of Melbourne Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence, my role is to lead the cyber security research and engagement both within CIS and across the University as a whole. I joined the University in 2000 after 12 years of research in industry in Telstra. My own interests are in machine learning and artificial intelligence, and how they can be used to solve emerging challenges in cyber security. Since I joined I have seen our research and engagement grow dramatically, with over 40 academic staff now working on a wide range of challenges. We have also established several major partnerships with industry and government, including NBNCo and Defence, which are giving us the opportunity to make a real impact on society.
What I enjoy about working in CIS
For me, the greatest attraction of working at the University of Melbourne and CIS is the quality of colleagues and students that I have the pleasure to work with. Whenever I’m looking for an expert on a topic to extend my research or apply my ideas to a new application, there is always someone close at hand. This also helps us attract the best and brightest students, both coursework and PhD, who are a delight to work with. Their enthusiasm and intelligence encourages us to tackle really challenging theoretical problems, and find ways to make a practical impact through our research. I find that many of my students not only publish in the top venues in their field, but also enjoy working together to compete in hackathons and other competitions so that they learn how to make a difference with their research.
For me, the greatest attraction of working at the University of Melbourne and CIS is the quality of colleagues and students that I have the pleasure to work with.
Why is it an exciting time to join your area?
One of our key focus areas is to understand what future attacks on cyber security will look like, and how we can detect and defend against these attacks. We’re working hard to understand how artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptography, security management, distributed systems and network security all play a part in securing the vast amounts of data that have begun to underpin every aspect of our daily lives.
We are working with the best minds to prevent or reduce the negative impact of cyber attacks that can occur on critical infrastructure. We know that much of the information that we rely on for this is, for the most part, created, owned, and operated by the private sector, meaning we are responsible for improving the cyber security posture on behalf of all Australians. Through our Academic Centre for Cyber Security Excellence (one of only two such centres in Australia) we are building collaborations with key partners both here and overseas, including some of the leading international researchers in this field. Our network of thought leaders are committed to improving the way we interact online. In this emerging era of truly pervasive computing it is becoming increasingly important to ensure safety, security and privacy.
If you value deep learning and are driven and inquisitive, I invite you to join our world class team in cyber security and take on some fresh challenges.