Australia, Oxford University to set up cyber-security complex
17 December 2015, Nirapad News: The Victorian government announced the deal on Tuesday which for the first time will allow one of the group’s one-of-a-kind security hubs to be erected outside of Britain. Under the agreement, eight of the state’s universities, the Melbourne-based Defence Science Institute and other private companies will be enlisted for the project. These GCSCC hubs carry out audits of national cyber risks. Two will be set up and begin operating in the first half of next year, according to the government. In addition to the main deal, the government also revealed it had negotiated an agreement for Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to relocate its digital research program, Data61 to Melbourne. The National Broadband Network (NBN), most of Australia’s major banks and its largest telecommunications company, Telstra, also base their cyber-security operations in Melbourne. At present, the cyber-security industry is growing at a rapid rate, contributing an estimated 51.5 billion U.S. dollars to the global economy annually. Governments and private enterprises have been under increased pressure to tighten up their cyber networks, with hackers looking to extract valuable intelligence. Victoria’s Minster for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Phillip Dalidakis who signed the agreement while Britain, hailed the partnership as a “huge vote of confidence for Victoria’s tech(nology) sector” and said it would “cement (the state’s) reputation as the leader in this industry.” “Cyber security is crucial to safeguarding our fast growing digital economy … and the Andrews Labor Government is working hard to keep Victoria at the forefront.” Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday that the decision to base the security hub in Melbourne followed an undisclosed contribution to the institution from the Victorian government.