Adelaide JCSC officially opens

Today the Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne, officially opened the Adelaide Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC), as part of the Government’s $47 million commitment to collaborative cyber security solutions under the 2016 Cyber Security Strategy.

The Adelaide Centre builds on the success of the JCSCs in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth by bringing together business and academia along with state, territory and Commonwealth agencies in an engaging and cooperative environment.

Minister Pyne spoke about the importance of the Adelaide Centre furthering the ACSC’s national footprint and supporting the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy in providing trusted and localised advice to partners on-the-ground.

“The ACSC is a collaborator and continues to use its national presence to pursue new and innovative ways to work with industry partners to improve cyber security resilience for all Australians.” Mr Pyne said.

The Head of the ACSC, Alastair MacGibbon, hosted Minister Pyne, the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Steven Marshall and other senior government and industry executives for the official launch.

This is the first Centre delivered by the ACSC following its transition to the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). With Centres now established in major capital cities across the country, the ACSC will leverage ASD’s longstanding cyber security excellence to strengthen and expand its national offering.

“The ACSC will strengthen its collaboration with business, government and researchers through an expanded program of support and services and deepened expertise in the Centres,” Mr MacGibbon said.

The Adelaide Centre also provides a unique offering to the South Australian community with AustCyber – the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network – locating a Cyber Security Innovation Node within the JCSC.

“Locating the JCSC and the AustCyber Node together demonstrates our commitment to growth and innovation in cyber security while also providing South Australians access to a range of dedicated cyber security professionals in one location,” Mr MacGibbon said.

The ACSC now has a network of JCSCs located in major capital cities across the country delivering a national collaboration program to strengthen national and local cyber resilience.

Read the joint ministerial media release for the launch here.