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Cyber Security: Challenges and Opportunities


Cyberspace, as the fifth domain of human activity, is a challenging policy area for both government and the private sector, and will present further complexities as it continues to rapidly evolve. This course aims to equip policy-makers to navigate the information age revolution by defining the concept of cyberspace, identifying threats and opportunities, and explaining public sector policy and operational responses, including the 2016 Cyber Security Strategy.


This program does not dwell in detail on the technical aspects of the cyber environment, rather focusing on the challenges, threats and policy environment. You will learn about the critical role the private sector plays in the expanding cyber world and about Australia’s approach to international cyber cooperation. Experts in the field will also attempt to provide guidance on future threats and opportunities.

Course scope and content

This course will address the following issues:

  • the concept of cyberspace
  • the threats and opportunities inherent in an expanding cyber world
  • the public sector policy and operational response to this new domain, including the 2015 Cyber SecurityReview
  • the approach of the private sector to the risks and opportunities inherent in cyberspace
  • Australia’s approach to international cyber cooperation, and
  • future impacts of an evolving cyberspace on nationalsecurity agencies and departments.

Who should attend the course?

This course is designed for APS5 – EL2 officers (or equivalent) from all departments and agencies who may be specifically involved in cyberspace policy issues or who need a deeper understanding of this increasingly important subject for their professional responsibilities. This is not a technical cyber program, nor is it intended for cyber technicians.


Next date and venue

28-29 March 2017
National Security College
Crawford Building #132
1 Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University


Program details

This is a two-day non-residential, fully-catered program.

An ANU parking permit will be supplied.

The fee for this course is $2,110 (GST exclusive) for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,550 (GST exclusive). Please contact us for information about becoming an NSC Partner organisation.



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"I found the course extremely useful – particularly in gaining greater understanding about the cyber security context, policy implications and environment we are working in." (2015 Participant)


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