The CSIRO’s digital research unit Data61 has opened its Cyber Security and Innovation Hub. Located in Docklands’ Goods Shed in Victoria, the hub will comprise PhD students, cyber arms of other organisations, universities and private sector partners.
The hub will be responsible for conducting audits of national cyber security risks and capabilities, conducting research, and working with private sector partners to reduce security risks.
It is expected to create 140 jobs (including positions for PhD students) over the next three years.
“Aside from bringing together our own Victorian workforce, this new facility will also provide a dedicated space for Data61 to deepen its key relationships within the cybersecurity ecosystem, and we’re excited to welcome Australia Post, Optus and PwC as our first wave of industry partners,” said Adrian Turner, Data61 CEO.
According to Philip Dalidakis, Victoria’s Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, the establishment of the new hub solidifies the state’s reputation as a hub for cyber security, after NBN also made the decision to locate its National Operations Centre in Melbourne.
“Cyber security has never been more crucial to our economy as it is right now,” he said.
“This new cyber security hub will help us better collaborate with industry’s best to produce products that will help protect our digital economy in the future – and it will create more Victorian jobs.”