Cyber capabilities grow in space innovation hub

Space and industrial enterprises will be able to access a new font of cybersecurity innovation with the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre.

The Centre will be housed at Lot Fourteen, which is already home to numerous space start-ups and advanced manufacturing businesses in what was previously the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

The Centre hopes to open by July 2020, and will provide services for all sizes of business, from start-ups through to existing enterprises.

The Centre will comprise the Cyber Launchpad, the Cyber Academy, and the Cyber Test Range.

These segments will provide training and education through courses delivered by local and overseas universities. The audience for these educational opportunities will include secondary school students, school leavers, graduates, and corporate executives.

While drawing international investment, the Centre will provide greater depth of expertise and resilience for local businesses, concerned about their exposure to online attacks.

This announcement builds on government investment in the city’s cyber defence capabilities, with Adelaide home to the Commonwealth Joint Cyber Security Centre, announced late last year.

While companies are encouraged to implement their own in-house cyber security systems, the Cyber Test Range will give corporations a facility to test their systems against tools and expertise that are not commonly available.

The facility will include internet facing and isolated networks for cyber start-ups, as well as cyber security devices, software and techniques to be tested before they go to market.

The program will also include methods for researchers and government to collaborate alongside industry.

Organisations that will be involved in the Centre include Optus, Symantec, Dtex Systems, University of South Australia, Flinders University, TAFE SA, the University of Adelaide, Defence Science and Technology Group, SA Office for Cyber Security, ICT & Digital Government, Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, and the Cyber Security Collaborative Research Centre.