A sophisticated new cyber security lab is preparing RMIT Vietnam students to step into high-demand jobs in computer security as soon as they graduate.
The Cyber Security and Logistics Laboratory was officially opened recently by the President of RMIT Vietnam, Professor Gael McDonald.
Associate Professor Mathews Nkhoma said the lab's up-to-date equipment was unique in Vietnam.
“It’s unique because it’s designed specifically for business students to study courses in network security, ICT information system security, digital business security and risk management and accounting forensics,” he said.
“In each course students will gain practical hands-on experience from real-life scenarios from our business partners.
“These courses will prepare graduates to move straight into positions such as data managers, security assessors and in logistics management.”
The lab contains 31 computers with the latest business forensics and security software, large screens for group presentations, a smartboard and IBM servers.
The Head of RMIT Vietnam’s Centre of Commerce and Management, Professor Ray Gordon, said demand for security skills was growing in the Vietnamese ICT industry, with jobs increasing by 114 per cent between 2007 and 2011.
“According to the Vietnam Government, the country will need more than 600,000 staff by 2020,” he said.
“Universities will only be able to meet 60 per cent of this demand, which indicates the field of business forensics currently provides high employment opportunities for graduates.
“Information security is an important focus for industry and our lab will provide students with applied skills in ICT security and risk management, focussing on technical, managerial and financial aspects of security.”
Three RMIT Vietnam academic staff members have gained certification in Singapore in ethical hacking and forensic investigation to run the courses.
Nkhoma estimates they will work with around 1000 students a year. This includes students studying non-business degrees who can take one of these courses as an elective.
RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said it was an exciting time for the university, with the opening of the Cyber Lab following last year’s launch of the Trading Lab.
“This lab epitomises what we’re trying to do at this university – educate people in regards to the needs of industry, supplying practical and applicable education,” she said.
“The computer security needs of industry require staff with up-to-date techniques and knowledge of the appropriate tools – all provided by this laboratory.”
Story: Sean O'Malley