Australia-first cyber security centre launches at UNSW Canberra

An Australia-first research centre that brings together leaders in academia, industry and defence will focus on the biggest cyber security threats facing the nation.

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The federal government has launched an Australia-first research and teaching centre bringing together the largest cohort of cyber security experts in the country.

The interdisciplinary Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS), located at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, was launched today by the Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert.

“I am very encouraged that academia is focussing research on cyber security issues faced by Defence and our nation,” Mr Robert said.

ACCS will provide cutting-edge, international thought-leadership in cyber security through research, education and industry engagement, at a time when cyber security is moving to the top of global political, scholarly and commercial agendas.

“UNSW Canberra prides itself on bringing together leading edge research with practical real-world applications. ACCS is a perfect example of how university research can support the business community and government,” said Rector of UNSW Canberra Professor Michael Frater.

The Centre enhances UNSW's existing and emerging research strengths in five broad research areas; computer and network security, risk management, international politics and ethics, law, and big data analytics for security.

The Centre's Director, UNSW Canberra data security expert Professor Jill Slay, said: "ACCS draws on the skills of some of the best cyber security experts in the country serving as thought leaders in legal, policy and technical domains. UNSW applies this leadership through research, teaching and engagement with the government, Defence and business community."

ACCS combines expertise from a range of relevant communities: political, cyber industry, defence, academic, individual and organisational users, and media.

The Centre builds on close working relationships with both national and international industry and government, including UNSW’s half-century relationship with Defence.

Media contact: Natalia Komarova, UNSW Canberra Strategic Communications Manager, (02) 6268 8760/ 0468 989 181