A message from AustCyber’s CEO Michelle Price

Michelle Price

This week, I signed a Collaboration Plan with Austrade’s CEO, Dr Stephanie Fahey, in recognition of our continued partnership to support Australian cyber security companies in their export endeavours. The Plan will see even closer collaboration between AustCyber and Austrade in our shared objectives and a strategic alignment to grow the Australian cyber security sector internationally. More information can be found here.

At the start of the month, we delivered in partnership with AiGroup and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre a collaborative workshop as part of the inaugural Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum in Melbourne. AustCyber and industry representatives presented briefings to industry leaders about how cyber security is an enabler of growth across every sector of the economy and the close relationship between cyber security and advanced manufacturing for most of Australia’s high growth sectors.

AustCyber’s Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node partnered with Australian startup OK RDY to help launch the OK RDY Cyber Edition Program. The program’s format will foster greater depth of understanding by students and graduates of the breadth and depth of cyber job roles. This will invariably contribute to improved job readiness and workforce diversity at a time when we are seeing a global skills shortage in the cyber security sector.

Australian capability saw another win with three cyber security companies - Vault Cloud, Quintessence Labs and Ziroh Labs announce a ground-breaking integration of homomorphic encryption and Australia quantum expertise into Vault Cloud’s secure hyperscale cloud for Australian government and critical industries. This is an outstanding example of world leading Australian cyber security research and development being commercialised to our domestic market and demonstrating its importance to export markets, supported by our $15 million, three-year Projects Fund.

This week we held another edition of AustCyber Sessions in Canberra. Startups, entrepreneurs and businesses from the ACT met with Owen Pierce, Program Director of National Workforce Development, and Linda Cavanagh, Manager of the Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node, to get their practical advice and cyber security market insights.

AustCyber has also progressed planning for Australian Cyber Week 2019 and with the NSW government, we’re excited to bring RSA Unplugged to Australia for the first time on 10 October. You can register for tickets on RSA’s website.

Cyber Week is jam-packed with events for everyone to get involved in – keep an eye on AustCyber’s website, LinkedIn and Twitter channels as we release more details in the coming weeks.

We have many more exciting events planned for next month, including the official launch of the Canberra Innovation Node on 20 September. Watch this space!

A note on the TOLA Act. Written submissions for the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s review of the Act are now invited, closing 13 September. Other forms of consultation will be announced soon. This review was slated not long after the passage of the AABill – it is an important opportunity for our industry Friends of the Network to voice your views and experiences with the legislation.