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  • 13 November 2019 15:25

Macquarie Government names latest Western Sydney University cyber-security scholarship recipient

Scholarship winner congratulated by Minister for Customer Service, the Hon. Victor Dominello

Macquarie Government, part of the Macquarie Telecom Group (ASX: MAQ), has named the recipient of its Cyber Security Scholarship, Western Sydney University’s (WSU) Adel Aljuboury.

The scholarship winner was congratulated by Minister for Customer Service, the Hon. Victor Dominello, who said, “society’s widespread reliance on the internet and the rapidly expanding digital landscape of cyber-threats has catapulted cyber-security into the spotlight.”

“The vast scope of cyber security attacks on Australian organisations not only requires the right technology, but investment in local talent that will protect our public and private sectors. Initiatives like Macquarie’s cyber security scholarship through WSU are critical to enable pathways for students to become the nation’s future cyber-security leaders.”

Aljuboury, currently in the second year of a Bachelor of Computer Science, is looking forward to a career in cyber-security, and being the first in his family to obtain a degree.

He was selected for demonstrating exceptional ability in computer sciences, as well as his determination to overcome financial challenges.

“The scholarship means I can access the textbooks, software and hardware I need to complete my degree” said Aljuboury. “It’s been a huge relief and allows me to focus on my studies.”

“The future of technology and its role in the national economy rests with Adel and his counterparts – it’s about the next generation of individuals who will create possibilities we haven’t yet considered while defending against the cyber threat,” said Aidan Tudehope, managing director at Macquarie Government.

“It was only recently that the Australian Cyber Security Centre said it received roughly one cyber breach report every 10 minutes. Without the right people and skills, we simply cannot establish the protocols to protect against malicious activity, nor capitalise on the opportunities brought on by innovation in security, networking and cloud.”

“With our additional investment in our Macquarie Park data centre and our growing team of cyber engineers, we are keenly aware of Australia’s cyber-security skills shortage, and the need to support the development of local cyber skills and sovereign capabilities,” said Tudehope.

Aljuboury joins an elite group of students who have been recognised by Macquarie for their academic performance and potential.

Last year’s recipient, Rifa Sanzida Ritu, who recently completed her degree after obtaining subject grades over 95 per cent and a distinction average, said, “The best thing is that my efforts are being acknowledged. Receiving this scholarship has helped me pursue a career in cyber-security.”

Having spent the past year developing her education and skills, and attending industry events and workshops, Ritu wishes to present herself as “an example for young women to motivate and encourage them to pursue their career in ICT or cyber-security.”

Tudehope added, “In response to the federal government’s national Cyber Security Strategy and emphasis on the expansion of digital service delivery by the NSW government, as well as focus on developing cybersecurity skills in Australia, Macquarie would like to encourage more young people to train in this field.”

“This scholarship is intended to inspire outstanding students in their learning and understanding of cybersecurity and the challenges to tackle cyber threats on a national scale.”

Macquarie’s Cyber Security Scholarship is open to WSU students enrolled in degrees geared towards computer science and cyber-security. Each year, a recipient is selected based on merit and need.

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