University expertise to play key role in new centre to curb cyber attacks on Australia

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New centre to bolster defence against cyber security attacks

The University of Adelaide has welcomed the launch of the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) which has been established in collaboration with industry, academia, and the Federal and South Australian governments, to train Australia’s future cyber experts and bolster defence against cyber security attacks.

The University of Adelaide’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Anton Middelberg says the University is delighted to be involved in the collaboration.

“The University of Adelaide has an outstanding reputation in cyber security research and expertise,” said Professor Middelberg.

“In disciplines at the core of cyber security, we are ranked first in the country in Electronic Engineering (42nd in the world) and second in Computer Science (40th in the world), according to the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities.”

“We also have an extensive and successful history of working with industry, having enjoyed a long-term partnership with the Australian Government’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, collaborating on defence research and initiatives to develop the skills and knowledge of graduates to meet future workforce needs.”

“Recent cyber attacks in Australia show there are real threats to businesses, governments and essential systems.” Professor Anton Middelberg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Adelaide

Professor Middelberg says the collaboration will facilitate the development of stronger relationships and new partnerships.

Recent cyber attacks in Australia show there are real threats to businesses, governments and essential systems,” he said.

“In bringing together the right people, skills and infrastructure to a central location at Lot Fourteen, we put ourselves in a strong position to protect against these threats and solve other large and complex defence problems.”

A3C has been established as an independent not-for-profit entity through a $10 million investment by the South Australian Government. In addition to the State’s three universities, other collaborators include BAE Systems Australia, Optus, Dtex Systems, TAFE SA, South Australia’s Office for Cyber Security, AustCyber, the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre and the Defence Science and Technology Group.

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