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ECU to lead $50m cyber security centre

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Tags: Homepage; Community; Research

Edith Cowan University has welcomed the announcement of a $50 million Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) that is expected to position Western Australia as the nation’s new centre for cyber research and capacity building.

ECU, along with the WA State Government, is a lead partner in the new CRC which brings together 25 industry, research and government partners to leverage a further $89 million over seven years.

The CRC will focus on three key areas:

  1. Ensuring the security of critical infrastructure by developing new approaches, tools and techniques to predict, prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats from nation states, criminals, and other individuals.
  2. Ensuring industry, SMEs and the community can access online services with confidence. This will also grow Australia’s reputation as a safe and trusted place to do business and access cyber space.
  3. Build and develop the next generation of industry, government and research cyber security leaders.

The announcement of the Cyber Security CRC follows the federal government naming ECU as one of just two Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence, worth almost $1 million in funding, in June this year.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman welcomed news of the successful Cyber Security CRC bid.

“ECU is already recognised as a world-leader in cyber security research and teaching. Our academics regularly assist Interpol, WA Police and the WA Auditor General’s Office. We welcome the opportunity to continue to grow Australia’s cyber capabilities,” Professor Chapman said.

ECU Security Research Institute Director Professor Craig Valli said cyber security is now everyone’s business.

“The growth in popularity of cloud-based services, personal mobile devices and social networking sites has meant an increasing number of organisations and individuals are being exposed to higher levels of security threats,” he said.

“The Cyber Security CRC will work with key government, industry and research groups to strengthen systems and networks and train the next generation of cyber security specialists. Ultimately, this will have benefits for the community who will enjoy an online experience that is more secure.”

The Cyber Security CRC brings together expertise across 6 of Australia’s leading cyber security universities together with industry and government partners, including the AFP, ATO, Attorney General’s Department, CERT, Cisco, Department of Defence, Data61, Tata Consultancy Services, Jemena, ActewAGL and Singtel Optus.

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