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DevSec Ops and Secure Software Development Scholarship


The Institute of Applied Technology Digital (IAT-D), Macquarie University, Microsoft and University of Technology Sydney are offering Neurodiverse people the opportunity to develop in demand Cyber skills and future proof their careers via fully subsidised Microcredentials. This initiative is funded by the Federal Government under the Commonwealth Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund.

The 8-week scholarship program in DevSec Ops and Secure Software Development, set to commence on 28th May, will constitute a cohort exclusively comprising neurodivergent individuals.

This scholarship covers security controls throughout the entire software development lifecycle. It begins in the design phase, where students learn the principles required for secure software architecture; and subsequently, students delve into practical aspects of code development that impact the resilience of the software; to the building and delivery process.

Through a combination of expert-led instruction, hands-on labs, and real-world case studies, students will explore the security aspects of various CI/CD tools, Infrastructure as Code approaches, ensuring software verification and integrity through signatures, hashing, SBOMs and SLSA framework.

Learning Objectives

DevSec Ops and Secure Software Development

  • Understanding security concepts of software development and DevOps, including, secure design principles & practices and security aspects of software development.
  • Understanding early detection of vulnerabilities and security risks of applications.
  • Examining the security aspects of build and deployment pipelines and of cloud deployments including service mesh architecture.
  • Discussing attackers’ perspective on compromising application security through the analysis of attacks.

For further information, see DevSec Ops and Secure Software Development course information on IAT-D webpage. For fully-paid Scholarship please use the link on this page to register.

Coaching Support and Soft Skills Training provided by Xceptional

  • Coaching to support individuals develop self-sufficiency and confidence, enabling participants to recognise when accommodations may be necessary and empowering them to request and utilise them effectively.
  • Soft-skills training in topics like, communications, self-advocacy, task management and problem solving.


  • Are available to attend online classes for the full duration of the program
  • Are an Australian citizen or permanent resident equivalent
  • Are proficient in English literacy and numeracy
  • Basic software development skills (at least one of basic python, bash, PowerShell)
  • Basic system administration skills (Linux/Windows)
  • Basic web and network knowledge.


  • Duration:  8 weeks
  • Delivery: Online (Instructor-led)
  • Cost:  $0 (Free!)
  • Start Date: Tuesday 28 May, 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Thank you for signing up. To finalise your registration, please complete this form.