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Queensland gets three new cyber innovation hubs


The federal government has announced the standing up of three new cyber-focused innovation hubs in Queensland, which it hopes will "add more firepower" to the national AustCyber network. The Cyber Security Innovation Nodes will be established in Brisbane, Townsville, and the Sunshine Coast, in a partnership between the Queensland government, Townsville and Sunshine Coast councils, and AustCyber, a non-profit, government-backed organisation charged with growing a local cybersecurity ecosystem and facilitating its global expansion. See also: Australia isn't buying local cyber and the rest of the world might soon follow "As the world becomes more digital, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, cybersecurity technology has never been more important or in demand," Australian Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said. "We want our local businesses to be in a position to capitalise on that." Meanwhile, Queensland Minister for Innovation Kate Jones is hopeful the nodes will help protect state businesses from cyber threats and enhance cyber skills.

AustCyber merges with Stone & Chalk to boost local capability in emerging tech


AustCyber, the organisation charged with growing a local cybersecurity ecosystem, will be merging with innovation hub Stone and Chalk, with the two non-profits hoping to boost Australia's domestic industrial capability in critical and emerging technologies. The plan is to provide startups and scale-ups with "enhanced access to domestic and international customers, talent, and expertise together with the right sources of capital". The organisations said this will accelerate the growth and maturity of the companies involved, while also creating new and highly-skilled jobs for Australians. AustCyber, headed by Michelle Price, will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stone & Chalk, but it will retain its standalone brand, staffing structure, and national network of Cyber Security Innovation Nodes. AustCyber will also continue to operate as one of the Australian government's Industry Growth Centres.

AU$140m cybersecurity research centre opens in Western Australia


Australia's Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has on Thursday opened in the country's west, aimed at growing national capability in cybersecurity research, development, and commercialisation. Based out of Edith Cowan University in Perth, the federal government in September pledged AU$50 million over seven years for the cybersecurity CRC, with AU$90 million in further funding raised for the centre from the WA state government, as well as 25 industry, research, and university partners. The cyber CRC is charged with delivering advancements that will build Australia's cybersecurity capability and deliver solutions to "ensure the safety of Australians and Australian businesses online". Specifically, the new centre aims to ensure the security of critical infrastructure by developing "innovative" approaches, tools, and techniques to predict, prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats. It also aims to enable Australian individuals, businesses.

Australian government pledges AU$50m for cybersecurity research centre


The federal government has announced a new cybersecurity cooperative research centre (CRC), to be led by industry in a bit to build Australia's cyber security capability. The government has pledged AU$50 million over seven years for the cybersecurity CRC, with over AU$89 million in further funding to come from the 25 industry, research, and government partners. According to the government, the cybersecurity CRC will deliver solutions to increase the security of critical infrastructure. "These include frameworks, products, and approaches that will service existing and future ICT enterprises across a broad range of platforms and operating systems," Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy said in a statement. Laundy said the activities of the cybersecurity CRC will contribute to the objectives laid out in Australia's AU$240 million Cyber Security Strategy, which is aimed at defending the nation's cyber networks from organised criminals and state-sponsored attackers.

AustCyber to figure out what 'cyber skills' actually are


AustCyber is working with the Australian Department of Education and Training, and PwC's Skills for Australia program, to understand our needs for cyber vocational education and training. "We are gathering insights to learn about key cyber security skills needs and industry trends," wrote AustCyber on Wednesday. The aim is "to provide an evidence-based case for developing vocational training in cyber security skills that are transferable across multiple industries". We've been hearing that for years, although some of the guesstimates seem extravagant. Cisco said in 2015 that there were one million unfilled cyber jobs [PDF].