Australia will boost its national capability in cyber security research, develop and commercialisation with a new cyber security centre in Western Australia.
The $140 million Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre based at Edith Cowan University (ECU) will build Australia’s cyber security abilities and develop solutions to ensure the safety of Australians and businesses.
“We want to keep Australia safe and competitive in an increasingly digital world and today’s launch is evidence that we are taking action to do so,” Federal Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash said.
“The global cyber security market is growing rapidly and presents great opportunities for Australian workers and businesses.”
The centre will focus on ensuring the security of critical infrastructure by developing tools, techniques and approaches to predict, detect, respond and prevent cyber threats.
It will also enable individuals, businesses and industries to access cyber security solutions to develop Australia as a safe place to do business and access cyber space and train the new industry, government and research cyber security professionals while increasing maturity and capability in the sector.
The Joondalup Innovation Hub will bring together ECU’s cyber security expertise, the Australian Security Growth Network, AustCyber and now the Cyber Security Research Centre.
The centre builds on the Federal Government’s Cyber Security Strategy launched in 2016, designed to advance and protect Australian interests online.
“Our investment shows we are committed to developing Australia’s cyber security industry and to creating jobs within it,” Ms Cash said.
The centre will be funded by 25 industry, state government, university and research bodies and will include $50 million from the Federal Government and $5.6 million from the State Government, both over seven years.
Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Minister Angus Taylor said the centre was integral to battling cyber threats across the country.
“Australians face ever evolving cyber threats in our workplaces, businesses and homes,” Mr Taylor said.
“This centre will help us combat these threats and develop more sophisticated solutions to protect our digital borders.”
WA Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly said new jobs would be created through the centre, as it developed at ECU
“Today’s launch is another example of how the McGowan Government is working to create Western Australian jobs in new industries,” Mr Kelly said.
“ECU is a world leader in cyber security research and education, and the location of the WA McGowan Government’s first Innovation Hub focused on cyber security.”