Telecommunications provider BT has launched its software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) service Agile Connect, which it said is aimed at helping large businesses with their digital transformation. The SD-WAN product makes use of software-defined networking (SDN) to determine the most efficient route for network traffic, and is powered by both BT and Nokia technology. According to BT, Agile Connect will enable customers to have oversight and greater control over their infrastructure and traffic flows with a more time- and cost-efficient way of managing their networks. Customers are able to prioritise business applications across the network via the use of a self-serve portal. BT said new sites can be set up in minutes rather than months as a result, adding that the service can also be used to integrate network connections following a merger or acquisition.
NEC has announced plans to establish a AU 4.38 million Global Security Intel Centre (GSIC) in Adelaide that will focus on Internet of Things (IoT) security. The IT services firm expects the cost of cyber attacks against enterprise and government IT systems to rise as the adoption of smart technologies and connected devices that make up the IoT accelerates. Once established, the centre will form part of NEC's cybersecurity network, with the GSIC expected to complement security-focused facilities located globally, including Japan and Singapore. The South Australian government has welcomed the GSIC, calling it a major boost to the state's IT capabilities. "Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing sector, and is attracting increasing attention and investment.
The New South Wales government has welcomed the first passengers on its Driverless Smart Shuttle at Sydney Olympic Park, with the service set to officially start next week, marking stage two of the state's driverless trial. Through its Smart Innovation Centre -- a hub for the "collaborative" research and development of safe and efficient emerging transport technology -- the NSW government in August last year partnered with HMI Technologies, NRMA, Telstra, IAG, and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority to conduct a two-year trial of the shuttle. Legislation was passed alongside the formation of the hub to approve trials of automated vehicles. The hub has since added the University of Technology Sydney, to enable the NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. The legislation allows government to partner with industry, researchers, and universities to be a testing ground for automated vehicles, with the trial touted as bringing driverless cars a step closer to reality in Australia.
The Victorian government has announced the recipients of the first round of LaunchVic funding, handing out AU 6.5 million to universities, startups, incubators, and projects to "drive new ideas" and create jobs in the state. Global IT firm Dimension Data will receive a AU 450,000 boost from the LaunchVic startup kitty to set up a cybersecurity incubator with Deakin University. The incubator will be located at Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus and hopes to address the skills shortage in the Australian cybersecurity industry by accelerating the development of unique cybersecurity solutions and intellectual property. The incubator will sit alongside the new cybersecurity degree program being developed at Deakin University, which is scheduled to commence in 2017. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dimension Data was acquired by Japanese telco giant NTT in 2010 for 3.2 billion.
Telecommunications provider BT and the New South Wales government have announced the launch of a global cybersecurity research and development (R&D) centre in Sydney. The NSW government's Jobs for NSW invested AU$1.67 million in support of the centre, the state's Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean said, with BT making a AU$2 million investment in capital infrastructure. "This facility is a major boost for our economy, and will be a real-time nerve centre protecting large enterprises, industries, governments, and even nations from cyber attack," Kean said. BT will also make a "multimillion investment" in order to employ cybersecurity specialists, Kean added. According to BT, the cybersecurity hub expands on its already existing security operations centre (SOC) in North Sydney, and will provide 172 new jobs over the next five years, including 38 graduate positions.