Collaboration in Cybersecurity
The importance of cross country partnerships when dealing with cybersecurity
Academics belonging to the School of Electrical and Data Engineering, took part in the ‘Enabling Technologies for Industry 4.0’ research school (RS) and the ASEAN-IVO workshop on ‘Cybersecurity and Information Security in Industry 4.0’, hosted by the University of Engineering and Technology (a member of Vietnam National University, VNU) in Hanoi and Ha Long bay, Vietnam.
The research school (RS) is an annual workshop held by UTS and its partner universities in Vietnam, aiming to foster international collaboration and research exchange. This year marked the third RS, with more than 300 participants across Vietnam since 2017.
The aim of the ASEAN-IVO workshop was to report recent findings and plan from each group working. Four research groups from NICT, VNU UET, UTS, NTU have reported their latest efforts in securing communications with ambient backscattering technology, the blockchain technology; identifying cyberthreats by using the latest advances in deep learning (e.g., using long-short term memory, GAN, deep reinforcement learning).
Diep Nguyen, Senior Lecturer at the School of Electrical and Data Engineering, explains the importance of cybersecurity for Industry 4.0,
Cybersecurity is a crucial feature that needs to be ensured in cyber physical systems (CPS) or Industry 4.0, and data in CPS should be highly trustworthy
Collaboration is an important facet of the relationship between UTS and UET according to Prof. Eryk Dutkiewicz (director of the joint technology and innovation research center between UTS and VNU), “With the bold vision to become to a world-leading university in technology, UTS is taking the lead and in collaboration with international communities/researchers to address these emerging cybersecurity challenges in Industry 4.0”. Collaboration between UTS and VNU UET has been strong since the relationship formed in 2016 and in 2017 lead to the creation of a joint technology and innovation research center. VNU UET became an officially KTP partner in 2018.
Prof. Dutkiewicz added that the collaboration that exists can encompass many things. “The collaboration is multifaceted from PhD research/training, scholar exchange, engagement with industry partners in Vietnam and in ASEAN through contract research and external funded projects. The collaboration between VNU UET and UTS is strongly encouraged and supported by Australia and Vietnam governments.”
When dealing with matters of cybersecurity, it seems that cross country partnerships are more important than ever. “Unlike physical national boundaries, cyberspace is boundaryless. The cyberthreats, attacks can easily spread from one to another country in no time. As such, the international collaboration to address the cybersecurity problems is really critical.” explained Doctor Nguyen.