Cybersecurity Alliance launched

La Trobe University and National Australia Bank (NAB) have today announced a new Strategic Alliance to deliver research, teaching and workforce development in the critical area of cybersecurity.

La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar welcomed the new collaboration, saying now more than ever it was critical that universities and industry worked together to meet the pressing challenges of cybersecurity threats.

“La Trobe University is already at the forefront of research, teaching and policy development though the establishment of the Optus La Trobe Cybersecurity Research Hub,” Professor Dewar said.

“We are delighted to join forces with NAB as one of Australia’s leading banks to create new knowledge, find solutions for industry problems, and train the cyber workforce of the future. Partnering with NAB will provide us with an added level of invaluable expertise. We are already researching the latest malware detection and sensing techniques, and the opportunity to expand this research to areas such as data detection and forensics analysis will benefit all Australians.”

NAB Chief Enterprise Security Officer, David Fairman said: “This partnership marks an important step towards furthering the cybersecurity capabilities within academia and industry alike. At NAB, we have a mature security practice, with protecting customers at the very heart. We’re thrilled to join forces with La Trobe to gain deeper insights, identify threats more effectively and help shape the future curriculum for the next generation.”

As part of the Alliance agreement, NAB General Manager Cyber Security and Chief Information Security Officer, Nicholas McKenzie, will join the La Trobe Cybersecurity Executive Advisory Board.

The Strategic Alliance, signed between La Trobe and NAB in the Federation Room of the Victorian Parliament, is the first step in a new partnership to tackle cybersecurity and build ongoing opportunities for both institutions and their client networks.

The new agreement will include:

Research and development

  • NAB will work with La Trobe researchers to develop technical solutions, leading to commercialisation opportunities, in cyber intelligence, protection, digital forensics, reverse engineering, malware detection and response.

Learning, teaching and graduate recruitment

  • NAB will contribute to La Trobe’s sector-leading cybersecurity curriculum as a new member of the Optus La Trobe Cybersecurity Hub Advisory Committee and by specialist staff teaching into the Master of Cybersecurity as guest or sessional lecturers.
  • NAB will propose operational, technical, legal and business research questions for La Trobe Masters by coursework students (to undertake as capstone projects within their degree programs).
  • NAB will provide scholarships and internships to high-achieving, employment-eligible students with the aim of adding to the future workforce pipeline.

Workforce development

  • La Trobe and NAB will collaborate on developing new cyber training short courses for NAB and other staff, based on NAB and clients’ problems.
  • La Trobe will provide NAB staff with professional short courses, and opportunities for Research Higher Degree and Masters by Coursework programs, including La Trobe’s prestigious Master of Cybersecurity program, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to ever-evolving cyber threats and enables students to become skilled cybersecurity professionals.

The new strategic alliance also includes the potential for NAB and La Trobe to co-invest in innovative and shared facilities, including a Security Operations Centre (SOC) and/or Cyber Laboratory in the future.

To find out more about the Optus La Trobe Cybersecurity Research Hub visit the website.


La Trobe media contact: Claire Bowers –– 9479 2315 / 0437 279 903

NAB media contact: Lorna Jerez – – 0436 621 329