The Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC) was established as part of the Cooperative Research Centres Program.
The CSCRC, with more than 20 participants, operates through a public, not-for-profit company (Cyber Security Research Centre Ltd). The CSCRC is focused on delivering industry-driven cyber security research outcomes that have impact and address real-world cyber security problems with innovative solutions. The CSCRC has been granted $50m of funding over 7 years from the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Program.
The CSCRC connects its participants that are from industry, government as well as leading cyber security research organisations (including six universities) to develop and potentially commercialise products and services that improve the cyber security posture of Australia. CSCRC will also play an important role in raising cyber security awareness more broadly and exploring key cyber security issues with respect to the legal, policy and regulatory implications of cyber security risks.
One key CSCRC aim is to attract, inspire, mentor and develop the next generation of cyber security professionals by offering the best and brightest students scholarships through our participating universities. Students will enjoy the added advantage of also working within the CSCRC network that includes industry participants.
"To be an independent and collaborative centre where industry, government and research partners work together to create new products, services and systems that deliver a secure and resilient national cyber security capability, and enhance cyber expertise for the nation, making Australia a safer place to do business."
Fulfilling this Mission will in part be addressed by the following factors.
As a part of a broader government strategy, CSCRC will address the major challenge of growing Australia's cyber security sector capabilities by improving collaboration between industry and universities.
CSCRC will clearly identify cyber security problems and produce applicable solutions and explain those solutions in a way that everyone can understand. CSCRC will also undertake a key public role in cyber security advocacy by ensuring that it provides evidence based commentary around cyber security issues.
Australia has significant cyber security growth potential, with world-leading researchers, a high-quality education system and a competitive and stable business environment.
The CSCRC will produce research with impact and its aim is that the research outcomes will make a real difference to how government, business and Australians effectively manage cyber security risk.
Critical Infrastructure Security
A core component of cyber security is ensuring that the technology and infrastructure used is secure. Critical infrastructure is the core systems and architecture that are essential for Australian businesses and government to function; and by extension, for all Australians to have reliable access to these systems and services.
Cyber Security as a Service
This program will focus on solutions that standalone or that can be integrated into a large or small to medium enterprise to maintain security resilience. As we become more connected, all Australians need to be assured that they can conduct their business safely.
Board and Leadership
Mr David Irvine was a long-serving diplomat who was Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 1996-1999 and Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China between 2000-2003, also concurrently Australian Ambassador to Mongolia and to the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea. He subsequently became the only person to have served as the head both of Australia’s foreign intelligence collection agency and its domestic security agency – positions he held for almost twelve years.
He is currently the Chairman of the Foreign Investment Review Board and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Archives of Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and also lectures at the National Security College within the Australian National University.
Ms Rachael Falk is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (Cyber Security CRC).
Ms Falk comes to the Cyber CRC with a strong commercial and cyber security background having practiced as a lawyer for 15 years both in leading law firms in Australia and the UK and also in-house at Telstra Corporation Limited. Ms Falk became Telstra’s first General Manager of Cyber Influence. More recently she has been a cyber security consultant. She is a published author as well as the co-creator of the ‘Five Knows of Cyber Security’. Ms Falk is a regular commentator on topical cyber security issues in Australia.
The Hon Kate Lundy served as a Senator representing the Australian Capital Territory in the Australian Federal Parliament for nearly 20 years. She held various ministerial positions including the Minister for Sport, Multicultural Affairs and Assisting on Industry and Innovation and the Digital Economy.
In 2017 Ms Lundy was inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame for ‘distinguished achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the Information and Communication Technology Industry’.
Ms Lundy is currently the ACT Defence Industry Advocate with a regional strategic focus on Space related technologies, cyber, digital simulation, systems integration and skills development. She holds several directorships including for the NRMA, the Australian Sports Technology Network, the National Youth Science Forum and her own consulting company, Technology Innovation Partners Pty Ltd.
Mr Gregory Thomas is an experienced Silicon Valley Executive; he has and continues to lead global teams for one of the largest IT companies in the world. His multidisciplinary leadership background has been recognized globally with numerous industry accolades and awards as a result of his leadership and experience in cybersecurity, strategy and business development, marketing and communications, thought leadership, product and technical marketing, investor relations and operations. Mr. Thomas is currently the Senior Director and a key member of the leadership team within Cisco Systems industry recognised and award winning Security and Trust Organization.
Ms Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors. For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments. She was the Director of Housing and the Secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources. From 2005 to 2011 Jennifer was senior partner at KPMG.
Ms Westacott is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and since 2013 has been a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited and Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia.
Ms Westacott was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.
Ms Anne Templeman-Jones is an experienced listed company non-executive director, currently serving on the boards of Commonwealth Bank Limited, GUD Holdings Limited, Citadel Group Limited, and WorleyParsons Limited. Formerly a director of Cuscal Limited, HT&E Limited, Pioneer Credit Limited, TAL Superannuation Fund, Notre Dame University and HBF’s private health and general insurance companies.
Ms Templeman-Jones had a 30-year executive career developing deep operational, risk, governance and strategy experience. Early in her career she held audit and accounting roles with Price Waterhouse working in Australia and overseas. She gained experience in corporate banking with Bank of Singapore, Westpac Banking Corporation, and the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group.
Mr Alastair MacGibbon is the Deputy Secretary National Cyber Security Adviser at the Department of Home Affairs and concurrently Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, which is part of the Australian Signals Directorate. He leads the implementation of the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy.
Prior to taking up his appointment Mr MacGibbon was Australia's first eSafety Commissioner. Before that he worked for 15 years as an Agent with the Australian Federal Police, including as founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre. Along with private sector roles such as Senior Director of Trust, Safety and Customer Support at eBay, Mr MacGibbon was a Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra.
Mr John M Green joined the Board as a non-executive director of CSCRC in December 2017. He is also Deputy Chairman of international insurance company, QBE Insurance Group and is a non-executive director of Challenger Limited. Previously he was on the board of global engineering services group, WorleyParsons. He had 30 years’ executive experience where he was an investment banker, as an Executive Director at Macquarie Group, and earlier a partner in two major law firms. He is also a novelist, with two of his books being cyber-thrillers. He’s also co-founder of boutique book publisher Pantera Press.
Before joining AustCyber, Michelle Price was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University. In this role, she established an integrated approach to the College’s cyber security program across executive and postgraduate education and policy engagement.
Before joining the ANU, Michelle worked at the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Australian Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and Cyber Security Strategy, National Security Strategic Risk Framework and Coordinated National Security Budget.
Prior to PM&C, Michelle worked in several strategy and risk roles across government.
Prior to joining ECU, Professor Steve Chapman was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University from 2009, and Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh from 2006. In 2001 he received the Interdisciplinary Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, for his ground-breaking work at the interface of Chemistry and Biology. He has published over 200 scientific papers in prestigious journals and has given numerous Plenary Lectures at International Conferences. Professor Chapman was one of the founders of ScotCHEM, the research "pooling" exercise in Chemistry across Scotland.
In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.