Victoria Strengthens Cyber Security Capabilities

16 November 2016

Victoria has strengthened its position as a cyber security hub, signing two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with Israel’s renowned Tel Aviv University (TAU) – one of the world’s leading research centres.

TAU, through its Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC), has signed a partnership with Victoria’s new Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC) to share resources and help companies better protect their data and privacy.

The OCSC is based at the Docklands’ Goods Shed, which now boasts the biggest cyber and data security cluster in Australia and was recently named as the number one choice to house the National Cyber Security Growth Centre.

This agreement is a boon for the eight Victorian universities collaborating with the OCSC, allowing Victorian researchers to visit Israel and learn from some of the world’s most experienced cyber security experts.

They will work with TAU’s cyber research centre, which currently employs more than 200 cyber researchers focusing on data and cyber security research across multiple disciplines.

A second agreement signed today between TAU and Victoria’s Swinburne University of Technology announces the establishment of a joint research centre on data science.

Swinburne and TAU are already research partners with both universities boasting significant capabilities in data science, data analytics, cyber security research and technology.

The new virtual centre will have a major focus on privacy, security and data analytics. It will allow PhD students at Swinburne to share their research and collaborate with experts on a global scale.

The MoUs are the first outcomes of the Victorian-led trade mission to Israel for the 4th International Conference on Homeland Security and Cyber.

Partnering with the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, Victoria is the first ever Australian state government to lead a data and cyber security trade mission.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis

“As our businesses and industries become more and more digitised, cyber security has never been more vital.”

“Working with some of the world’s leading experts will help us produce more effective methods for people to protect their privacy and combat online fraud and cybercrime.”

“We’re putting Victorian businesses first with this ground-breaking trade mission in Israel, helping them network, create partnerships and strike export deals with some of the world’s leading cyber security organisations.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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