New Cyber Security Centre to boost Australia’s online resilience

The Federal government has opened the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s new headquarters in Canberra, to enhance Australia’s cyber resilience in partnership with industry, businesses, universities, not-for-profit organisations and governments.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre forms a critical hub for the Joint Cyber Security Centres located in all capital cities, which facilitate partnerships between more than 150 organisations across private and public sectors.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the new Australian Cyber Security Centre will draw on the expertise from the ICT community, law enforcement, defence, universities and security agencies, as well as international partners, to increase the skills and capabilities needed to protect and defend our interests.

The centre will be the central hub for all Australians in regards to cyber security information, advice and assistance, featuring global monitoring capability, equipped with advanced cyber threat detection and 24/7 warning systems.

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The Australian Cyber Security Centre will deliver on the government’s cyber security priorities, in three critically important areas:

  • to provide cyber security advice and assistance to businesses and the community
  • to prevent and disrupt offshore cyber-enabled crime
  • to protect the specialised tools Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) uses to fulfil its functions.

The new cyber.gov.au website will replace a number of Government cyber security websites and services, including ACORN and acsc.gov.au. This important step will provide businesses and individuals with one single place to report cybercrime and find advice on cyber security practices.

Relocation of the Australian Cyber Security Centre was one of the priorities of the government’s national cyber security strategy, following an assessment in early 2016 by the Department of Defence that expanding the centre’s operations would require it to relocate to new facilities.