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Friday, 06 April 2018 01:01

Perth gets new $50m cyber security research centre Featured

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A new $50 million cyber security Cooperative Research Centre has opened in Perth, aimed at growing Australia’s national capability in cyber security research, development and commercialisation.

The federal government announced funding for the CRC last September and on Thursday it was confirmed the Centre would have its head office at Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus.

The CRC will haves nodes in all mainland states and the ACT, and will recruit a significant number of international postdoctoral researchers, as well as PhD students, Masters students and Honours students, all of whom will be embedded in industry.

The CRC will operate for seven years and will leverage a further $89 million from its partners, which include the AFP, ATO, Attorney-General’s Department, ActewAGL, Aarnet, CERT, Cisco, Datacomm, Department of Defence, Data61, Jemena, Penten, Quintessence Labs, and Singtel Optus.

The centre will focus on three key areas:

1. Ensuring the security of critical infrastructure by developing innovative solutions to predict, prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats from nation states and individuals.
2. Ensuring industry and the community can access online services with confidence. This will grow Australia’s reputation as a safe and trusted place to do business.
3. Addressing the skills shortage by training the next generation of cyber security professionals.

The CRC was officially opened by Jobs and Innovation Minister Senator Michaelia Cash and Cyber Security CRC chair David Irvine at an event at ECU on Thursday. ECU vice-chancellor Professor Steve Chapman, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, WA Minister for Innovation and ICT David Kelly, Cisco Public Sector account manager Adam Georgiu and representatives from the 25 industry, research and government partners also attended.

Professor Chapman said: “We welcome the establishment of the Cyber Security CRC, headquartered at our Joondalup Campus. ECU is committed to research with impact and one of the biggest challenges facing business and the community is the security of our digital infrastructure. We look forward to working closely with industry to both neutralise cyber threats and to train the next generation of researchers."

Professor Chapman said ECU is committed to research with impact and one of the biggest challenges facing business and the community is the security of our digital infrastructure. “We look forward to working closely with industry to both neutralise cyber threats and to train the next generation of cyber professionals,” he said.

Irvine said cyber security is a strategic priority for Australia’s national security, “including for its critical infrastructure”.

“Beyond national security, cyber security also impacts increasingly upon Australian businesses, governments and private individuals. We aim to deliver systems, architecture and software solutions to ensure the security of crucial infrastructure including energy, water, communications and finance based on industry imperatives.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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