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ECU opens first collaborative security research centre in Australia

Friday, 17 October 2008

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Edith Cowan University's (ECU) Security Research Centre was officially launched this month by the former Chief Scientist of WA, Professor Lyn Beazley.

The Centre, known as SECAU, draws collaborative research contributions from across the University, including fields such as Computer and Information Science, Engineering, Psychology and Law and Justice.

At the opening, ECU's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor John Finlay-Jones, stressed the importance of cross-disciplinary research in the security industry.

"Collaborative and cross-disciplinary research creates a much richer environment from which to develop our future involvement in the key security questions that lie ahead," he said.

Professor Lyn Beazley remarked that ECU had made tremendous inroads into the security discourse, and was to be congratulated for creating a research centre that incorporated such a broad range of security considerations.

"The inclusion of cutting edge technological advancements alongside the incorporation of human factors as well as global environmental concerns is a remarkable achievement, and reflects the quality and maturity of the centre's research endeavours," Professor Beazley said.

Head of the School of Computer and Information Science, Associate Professor Craig Valli, spoke of a research continuum that developed digital and computer orientated security research alongside physical security and critical infrastructure.

Professor Valli noted that SECAU is the only research centre of its kind in the world.

"While there is certainly some high quality security research being undertaken in other parts of the globe, ECU is the only university to have made a research commitment to incorporating the digital with the physical elements, whilst overlaying the crucial importance of human factors in all security areas," he said.

SECAU will focus on research associated with the following areas:

  • Closed circuit television- forensics and human factors
  • Small office/home office security
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition - security and forensics
  • Medical security Critical infrastructure security
  • Environmental security
  • Security visualisation

The Centre is already working on significant projects with a number of key partners, including British Telecom, WA Police, the Australian Federal Police, ASIO and Emirates Airlines.

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