The Australasian Higher Education Cybersecurity Service (AHECS) was formed in 2019 as an initiative from CAUDIT members. AHECS is delivered in collaboration with Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet), AusCERT, Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT), Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand (REANNZ), and the Australian Access Federation (AAF).
AHECS is a higher education sector collective that leverages the capabilities and expertise of its partner entities to strengthen the overall cybersecurity posture of the sector. AHECS acts as the sectors peak cybersecurity body and represents the sector on cybersecurity issues. AHECS’s purpose is aligned to the principles of being stronger together and ‘*all boats lift on a rising tide*’. It is a collective developed specifically for the sector, by the sector, to address capability gaps and help defend the sector from continuously evolving cybersecurity threats. This is achieved through coordination of members and partners to inform direction, advocate, share intelligence, reduce barriers to the implementation of good practice, identify and act on capability gaps, and holistically defend the sector from continuously evolving cyber security threats in conjunction with key vendors.
Third party risk and assurance
Sector third party system available through CAUDIT offering.
AHECS 2023 Summit
Event held 31 October - 03 November at Hotel Realm, Canberra.
Reports sent to participating Members. Summary of Baseline sent to all Members.
AHECS ISAC launch
CTIS connected, communication to follow early August
AHECS 2022 Summit
Working group form, venue booked, program in progress
Monthly update to Executive Steering Committee
AHECS website launched
Baseline benchmarking (2022)
Report sent to all participating institutions, summary report sent to all CAUDIT members
Systems benchmarking (2022)
Report sent to all participating institutions
Maturity benchmarking (2022)
Results sent to participating institutions, overall improvement across sector
We are grateful to the volunteers who form our governance.
Advisory Council: Our AHECS Advisory Council set the direction for AHECS and meet bi-annually to oversee strategy and activities. Executive Steering Committee: Our AHECS Executive Steering Committee meet monthly and set priorities and AHECS planning
AHECS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands where we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of all First Nations people.