WA’s local cyber security industry is set to demonstrate its strength through the establishment of a Western Australian Node of the federally funded AustCyber organisation at the Joondalup Innovation Hub.
The WA Node will focus on cybercrime, big data and infrastructure, drawing on current existing cybersecurity strengths at Edith Cowan University.
“It’s great to see a national organisation like AustCyber recognising the potential of the Joondalup Innovation Hub and the great work being done by Edith Cowan University’s cyber security school,” ICT Minister Dave Kelly said.
“I invite local data and cyber security companies to get involved in the upcoming GovPitch event, which will be a fantastic way for companies to engage with the Joondalup Innovation Hub.”
The not-for-profit, industry led organisation will bring together businesses and researchers, providing access to national networks to develop next generation products and services.
Recruitment of a local node leader is currently underway.
The Node will be officially launched in the middle of this year with a GovPitch event, which will give companies the opportunity to pitch solutions to real-world problems facing WA’s public sector.
Joondalup Innovation Hub is an initiative of the $16.7 million New Industries Fund to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses in WA.
“Through the New Industries Fund, the McGowan Government is supporting our high-tech industries to create WA jobs,” Mr Kelly said.
The New Industries Fund is providing $200,000 per year over four years to support operations and staffing at the hub, combining with AustCyber through a $50,000 of matched funding per year to support the node.
AustCyber CEO Craig Davies said its partnership with States and Territories will boost exposure to local and foreign markets, increasing investment and economic growth.
“Local WA companies will benefit from the establishment of the WA Node through its alignment with AustCyber’s national cyber security innovation agenda and access to our programs,” Mr Davies said.
“The existing cyber security capability in WA – particularly in critical infrastructure and cyber forensics – is a real asset nationally. Integrating the Node with the Joondalup Innovation Hub is a great way to leverage and connect these initiatives.”