The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science is striving to be at the forefront of education technology, while supporting the local innovation community.
The College is utilising technology created by Canberra based tech start-up FifthDomain, creators of cutting-edge cyber security training.
The platform is cloud-based, and can be accessed from student’s personal devices, without causing actual harm to the device.
The training is delivered on virtual machines (VMs) giving the user the same experience as if they were working in a real-life operating system. The VMs are separated from real computer infrastructure so the software can’t escape or tamper with the user’s computer.
The Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at ANU, Elanor Huntington said, “our students are excited about the safe environments these learning labs provide. The labs provide a secure, protected environment to develop skills while using a personal device. This is a unique and flexible training solution, where students can practice at anytime, anywhere in the world”.
By training students in simulated ‘real world’ Cyber Attacks, it allows them to mimic a high pressure situation they may encounter in the workplace.
The College is proud to support innovation in the local Canberra community, and hopes to encourage more students to consider a career as an entrepreneur.
Matt Wilcox, CEO and Founder of FifthDomain said “we are really proud our technology is delivering real outcomes and useful metrics for our clients, but what is really driving us is feedback from students. It makes us work even harder to improve our technologies when we hear how using the labs has increased their knowledge and practical application of their skills and in a quicker timeframe than they expected.”