Next Generation Graduate Program: Building National Cybersecurity Capabilities for Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

John Grundy is a CI on a newly announced Next Generation Graduate Program for "Building National Cybersecurity Capabilities for Digital Transformation in Manufacturing". Prof Yang Xiang from Swinburne University is the lead, together with Monash University (John Grundy, Xiaoning Du), UNSW ADFA, James Cook and partner organisations - DXC, Amazon, ASTA and Sysbox - have been awarded A$1,508,374 to fund 17 students.

https://www.csiro.au/en/work-with-us/funding-programs/programs/next-generation-graduates-programs/r1-emerging-technologies

The Building National Cybersecurity Capabilities for Digital Transformation in Manufacturing project will focus on training PhD, Masters and Honors students to help identify and mitigate the risks that digital transformation brings in terms of cybersecurity. In the past few years, many manufacturing companies have been seeing increases in cyber-related incidents associated with industiral control systems. While system connectivity and AI technologies have advantages - increased levels of productivity and better collaboration across functional areas - they significantly increase the potential vulnerabilities in a smart factory. This project will innovatively embed research students as a cohort with industry from the outset with the core aim of research that addresses the key cybersecurity challenges faced by the Australian manufacturing industry. Projects will be multi-disciplinary including manufacturing, cybersecurity, human interaction, and software engineering. Students will gain industrial R&D experience along with research entrepreneurship and commercialisation opportunities.

We are looking for partners for another Next Generation AI Graduate Programme bid focusing on improved Software Engineering techniques and tools for building new AI-based systems.  If your organisation may be interested in partnering in this, please contact Professor John Grundy john.grundy@monash.edu to discuss.

Read more about the project here.