We’re excited to announce that the Water Services Association of Australia, Internet of Things Alliance Australia and Holmes Institute have partnered and won a $250,000 grant to create and deliver water industry IoT and operational technology cybersecurity courses. Work has started and the program will be delivered over the next 18 months.
"The Transforming Water Industry IoT and Operational Technology Cybersecurity Skills project is a cybersecurity course development and skills uplift program for water utilities across Australia and will help the water sector to fulfil requirements under the Critical Infrastructure Reforms: Security Legislation Amendments (Critical Infrastructure) Bill, as well as fill a significant skills gap," said Greg Ryan, Director Business Excellence, Water Services Association of Australia.
"The program consists of multi-tiered, industry-aligned, cybersecurity IoT and OT training courses and will be delivered across Australia to over 400 operational, technical support and senior management staff," said Stephen Nagle, Chief Executive Officer, Holmes Institute. "Importantly, the courses will be readily re-useable by other industry sectors," he added.
The course content will leverage IoTAA’s IoT Industry Reference Framework, IoT Security Awareness Guides, the jointly WSAA/IoTAA developed Water Digital Reference Framework and existing Holmes Institute cybersecurity course modules, creating a structured approach to cyber training. The program will also deliver $50,000 in training to disadvantaged water industry communities and staff.