The Australian Government’s University Foreign Interference Taskforce last week released Guidelines to support the Australian University Sector in managing the risks associated with ongoing and valuable international collaboration.
The stated objective of the Guidelines is to “provide additional guidance on which universities can draw to assess risk in their global engagements, and to safeguard their people and data.”
The Guidelines are designed to “uphold the foundational principle of university autonomy” and are thus constructed around a series of questions to guide decision-making and better practice principles, including:
Governance and Risk Frameworks
Communication and Education
WHAT OUR CLIENTS NEED TO DO
The Guidelines suggested that universities review their existing protocols and protections against each of the above components. Some examples include:
Universities (and other higher education institutions) should also give consideration to best practice suggestions, as well as several case studies contained within the Guidelines.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Centium has “up-to-the-minute” experience regarding foreign collaborative arrangements as we are currently partnering with a leading university to review its offshore learning programs. Review components include contract documentation, staff awareness and training, and overall risk assessment and management.
Centium also has vast, hands-on expertise in assisting a range of Australian universities, research organisations and higher education institutions to build cyber security capacity.
We would thus be pleased to work with our existing and new clients to share these learnings and/or discuss ways in which to assess maturity against some or all of the principles outlined in the Guidelines.
For more information regarding our university sector experience, please contact Penelope Corkill, Director Risk & Assurance.