A new joint cyber security centre that promotes collaboration across government, business and academia has launched in Sydney.
The space is part of the Australian government's $47 million Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) program, which facilitates stronger partnerships between organisations across private and public sectors.
"This is an important step to enhance Australia's defensive cyber capabilities", said Angus Taylor, Australia's cyber security minister.
"Cybersecurity threats are always evolving, so we need to ensure we have a range of strategies in place to protect our digital borders and get on the offensive against cyber attacks", Taylor said.
Leading the program is the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Australia, whose objective is to establish cybersecurity centres in key cities across Australia through the Government's 2016 Cyber Security Strategy.
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The facilities co-locate government, business, and academic cyber security experts to share data and advice IT security threats, assisted by an information-sharing portal.
Currently, there are JCSCs located in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, with the Adelaide centre due to open later in 2018.
The centres are meant to allow the sharing of sensitive security information including threat intelligence as well as boost access to cyber security resources.
The federal government today cut the ribbon on the Sydney JCSC.
The Melbourne centre, located on Bourke Street, has been active since October 2017; and the Adelaide centre's staff are now working in a temporary location until a permanent home is found for the South Australian JCSC.