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UC extends MoU with security consortium MSVS to address national security skilling needs

11 February 2019: The University of Canberra has extended a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Microsecure Corporation and Vertical Scope Defence Industry Recruitment partnership (MSVS).

The MoU marks the beginning of a ground-breaking collaboration, to address ongoing issues of meeting Australia’s skilling requirements for sovereign strategic and security capabilities.

“Together with UC, MSVS will develop and deliver the next generation of cyber and security experts for this nation,” said David Jam, Managing Director of Vertical Scope Defence Industry Recruitment.

The implications of the collaboration are both wide and deep, encompassing the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA), Australian Government, Departments of Defence, Intelligence and Security Agencies, Services Panels, Tenders and other Sovereign Special Projects.

The MoU, which extends to 2022, will see the University supporting the MSVS Micro Secure Secret Stealth Systems (MS4), along with the Code, Cyber, Crypto and Comsec (the 4Cs of Security) platforms.

“The University is delighted to enter into this relationship with MSVS, and will be working towards the accreditation of the MSVS platforms,” said University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deep Saini.

“This is the starting point of a long-term, potentially game-changing collaboration which looks to address a very important need for the country,” Professor Saini said. “It will also provide enhanced knowledge and skill sets, as well as practical, hands-on experience for UC students.”

The collaboration will include training, research and development, sourcing of grant funding, the certification of technologies, accreditation, and compliance to incubate, augment and address skilled workforce placement shortages in ICT, Cyber and National Security.

MSVS and UC are initiating compliant sponsorship and trusted relationships with the Australian Government Defence and National Security, Security Vetting and Defence Export Controls agencies. This will address requirements for nominated UC staff and students to work with MSVS.

“These initiatives will combine real-world experience and successful delivery with academic excellence and rigour,” said Frank Lazzarotti, Managing Director of Microsecure Corporation.

“They will help to realise employment and commercial opportunities, and drive careers in the cyber and security sphere worldwide.”

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Contact the University of Canberra media team:

Megan Reeder Hope
0435 103 735

Suzanne Lazaroo
0409 140 415