Enabling cyber security R&D and innovation
The Government is investing over $30 million to establish an industry‐led Cyber Security Growth Centre to create business opportunities for Australia’s cyber security sector and improve Australian businesses’ cyber security.
The Cyber Security Growth Centre was announced in December 2015 as part of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda and will develop a national plan to grow Australia’s cyber security sector. It is part of the Government’s Industry Growth Centres initiative and will coordinate cyber security research and innovation for national benefit and enable Australia to become a global leader in cyber security solutions and services. This will generate investment and jobs for the economy.
In addition, the Cyber Security Growth Centre will provide strategic coordination of a national cyber security innovation network that links cyber security innovation hubs and cyber security R&D around Australia and early-adopter businesses and government agencies. It will provide the national mechanism for cross-sector collaboration and investment in nationally-significant cyber security infrastructure and frameworks that are not singularly commercially-viable. To take advantage of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ generated by cyberspace, governments, businesses and the research community will come together to link Australian research and start-up incubation with commercial opportunities. The Growth Centre will also work to improve the workforce skills of the sector and seek opportunities for the Australian cyber security sector to access global markets. This will help grow Australia’s cyber security sector and help all Australians and businesses be more secure online.
Data61, CSIRO’s digital powerhouse, will also contribute to the national cyber security innovation network through its cyber security research and collaboration with the private sector and by connecting the network internationally through initiatives such as the Security Innovation Network (SINET).
The industry-led Growth Centre and its innovation network will support and inform the Government’s National Science and Research Priority on cyber security by guiding and leveraging existing government measures at the federal, state and local levels to improve research commercialisation, business innovation and competitiveness. For example, the Growth Centre will identify cyber research and technology gaps or priorities for industry, and inform the science and research community of industry needs and commercial opportunities. It will also work with other Growth Centres to identify cyber security challenges in other sectors.
The Growth Centre will also complement other initiatives under this Strategy, including the joint cyber threat sharing centres, to support solutions to emerging cyber security threats; and academic centres of cyber security excellence (discussed in the next chapter), by providing tertiary students with hands on experience in solving cyber security challenges before they graduate.