October was Cyber Awareness Month, a global initiative to raise awareness and educate people about the importance of cyber security and resilience. With a focus on the final week of October, the CyberWest Hub team, participated in various events and activities to promote cyber awareness to different audiences, from students and seniors to space experts and regional businesses.
The Hub delivered four events. One of the highlights was Scams and Scones, a workshop that provided senior citizens with education to protect themselves from scams. The workshop was attended by over 70 people in the City of Joondalup and received positive feedback and requests for more events. Another highlight was Cyber Cup, a two-day event that gave 90 high school students the opportunity to develop a solution to a cyber problem. The students learned about cyber concepts, skills and careers, and presented their solutions to a panel of judges.
The CyberWest Hub team also facilitated a cyber resilience workshop, in partnership with Escalate Consulting, that allowed industry participants to run through how to respond to a ransomware attack. The workshop was designed to help organisations improve their cyber readiness and recovery plans. The team also partnered with Cyber Risk Meetup on 'Securing the Future' which included an engaging discussion around the impact of AI and quantum technologies on secruity. Additionally, the CyberWest Hub team supported Nuix’s Data Security event, which focused on data protection and privacy.
The Hub also collaborated with partners who offered opportunities to share the cyber message at their events through speaking and exhibiting opportunities. Some of the events included the Indo Pacific Space Conference, the ISACA’s SecureIT Conference and CORE Innovation Hub’s Pilbara Exchange. These events allowed the CyberWest Hub team to present, exhibit and record interviews for the West Coast Cyber podcast, sharing the cyber awareness message with more than 800 professionals and stakeholders.
The CyberWest Hub team’s efforts and achievements during Cyber Awareness Month did not go unnoticed. Director Cecily Rawlinson was interviewed on Sky News, where she discussed the cyber challenges and opportunities facing Australia and the region. She also highlighted the role of the CyberWest Hub as a catalyst for cyber innovation and collaboration in Western Australia.