ECU cen­tre of cy­ber se­cu­rity

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE -

JOON­DALUP is set to be­come one of the world’s lead­ing cen­tres in the fight against cy­ber crim­i­nals, play­ing a key role in en­sur­ing Aus­tralia re­mains a se­cure place to do busi­ness.

The State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments launched the Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Co-op­er­a­tive Re­search Cen­tre (CRC) on April 5 to grow na­tional ca­pa­bil­ity in cy­ber se­cu­rity re­search, de­vel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment an­nounced $50 mil­lion for the cen­tre last Septem­ber and this month con­firmed the cen­tre would have its head of­fice at ECU’s Joon­dalup cam­pus.

Cy­ber Se­cu­rity CRC chair­man David Irvine said cy­ber se­cu­rity was a strate­gic pri­or­ity for Aus­tralia’s na­tional se­cu­rity and it af­fected Aus­tralian busi­nesses, gov­ern­ments and pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als.

“Be­yond na­tional se­cu­rity, cy­ber se­cu­rity also im­pacts in­creas­ingly upon Aus­tralian busi­nesses, gov­ern­ments and pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als,” he said.

ECU vice-chan­cel­lor Steve Chap­man said the uni­ver­sity was com­mit­ted to re­search­ing cy­ber se­cu­rity is­sues.

“One of the big­gest chal­lenges fac­ing busi­ness and the com­mu­nity is the se­cu­rity of our dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture,” he said.

The CRC will re­cruit in­ter­na­tional post­doc­toral re­searchers, PhD, Masters and Hon­ours stu­dents em­bed­ded in the in­dus­try and will have nodes in all main­land states and the ACT.

It will op­er­ate for seven years and ex­pects to re­ceive an­other $89 mil­lion from its other cor­po­rate and gov­ern­ment part­ners.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Project direc­tor Glenn Mur­ray with Fed­eral Jobs and In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter Michaelia Cash and State In­no­va­tion and ICT Min­is­ter David Kelly.

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