The First Australian Centre for Cyber Security to open at UNSW Canberra


Today Assistant Minister for Defence the Honourable Stuart Robert, on behalf of the Minister for Defence, will launch the Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) ? a unique, interdisciplinary cyber security research and teaching centre.

ACCS brings together the largest cohort of cyber security researchers in the country, and will be located at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

"I am very encouraged that academia is focussing research on cyber security issues faced by Defence and our nation", says Mr Robert.

ACCS will provide cutting-edge, international thought-leadership in cyber security through research, education and external engagement, at a time when cyber security is moving to the top of global political, scholarly and commercial agendas.

'UNSW Canberra prides itself on bringing together leading edge research with practical real-world applications. ACCS is a perfect example of how university research can support the business community and government', says Rector of UNSW Canberra Professor Michael Frater.

The Centre enhances UNSW's existing and emerging research strengths in five broad research areas; computer and network security, risk management, international politics and ethics, law, and big data analytics for security.

'ACCS draws on the skills of some of the best cyber security experts in the country serving as thought leaders in legal, policy and technical domains. UNSW applies this leadership through research, teaching and engagement with the government, Defence and business community', says Director of ACCS Professor Jill Slay.

ACCS combines expertise from a range of relevant communities: political, cyber industry, defence, academic, individual and organisational users, and media.

The Centre builds on close working relationships with both national and international industry and government, including UNSW?s half-century relationship with Defence.

Media contact: Natalia Komarova, UNSW Canberra Strategic Communications Manager
(02) 6268 8760/ 0468 989 181