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AHECS Cybersecurity Initiative News and Updates

May 2020 update:

  • The CAUDIT Cybersecurity CoP April meeting provided updates by all AHECS initiative partners -  CAUDITAusCERTAARNetAAF and REANNZ. Following the updates the CoP discussed challenges within the sector with most relating to COVID-19 and improving engagement within the CoP.
  • The AHECS Priority Services survey has been analysed, prioritised into workstreams by a working group of AHECS Operations Group members and endorsed by the AHECS Operations Group. This will be presented to the AHECS Executive Steering Committee for approval.
  • AHECS guides on Cyber safe at home, Zoom user guides and Zoom security have been produced. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work and interact. With many people now working from home, security risks have also evolved via cybercrime and use of personal devices for work. Cybercriminals are capitalising on these new realities. The guides have been developed to help you minimise the risk of experiencing security compromises. They can be download from the AHECS website:



April 2020 update:

  • The Australian Access Federation (AAF) is set to join the AHECS partnership comprising CAUDITAusCERTAARNet and REANNZ, meaning that AHECS now has full representation by partners across Australia and New Zealand. AAF bring their trusted federated identity and access management services to the Australian Higher Education Sector, alongside REANNZ which provides Tuakiri. 
  • The first AHECS Priority Services survey has now been completed, and the results are currently being compiled and analysed. The survey aims to enable AHECS partners to focus their efforts on the delivery of high-value services to directly benefit members. Results of the survey will be shared as soon as they are compiled, and not later than the 2020 Autumn Members Meeting. Thank you to all the Member Representatives and Community of Practice members who participated.



March 2020 

  • The AHECS initiative with partners CAUDITAusCERTAARNet and REANNZ continues to develop momentum, and discussions continue with the Australian Access Federation (AAF) to join the partnership.
  • The first AHECS Priority Services survey will enable AHECS Partners to focus their efforts on the delivery of high-value services directly benefitting the members. CAUDIT Member Representatives and CAUDIT Cybersecurity Community of Practice members have now completed the survey, with the survey results being analysed to shape the direction of AHECS to member priorities. Results of the survey will be provided as soon as they have been analysed not later than the 2020 Autumn Members Meeting. Thank you to all the Member Representatives and Community of Practice members who completed the survey.
  • The AARNet Security Operations Centre (SOC) was successful in receiving AustCyber funding for industry-led projects. The AARNet project is developing a Security Operations Centre to help institutions to monitor, detect and respond to cyber threats.
  • The AusCERT Conference will be held at the Star Gold Coast from 2-5 June 2020. It is the oldest information security conference in Australia, attracting in the vicinity of 800 participants and approximately 50 sponsors each year. The AusCERT2020 conference is a great opportunity to discuss IT security issues, network with industry peers, see the latest in IT security products and services and experience 4-days packed with world-class tutorials and presentations delivered to you by speakers from around the globe.