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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 415. Updated Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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Cyber research to get more byte

A new research centre dedicated to building Australia's understanding of cyber threats has been launched by Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert.

Mr Robert said the importance of cyber research could not be underestimated, particularly as attempts to infiltrate networks in the public and private sectors were becoming increasingly sophisticated.

"I am very encouraged to see academia engaging in research on cyber security issues and contributing to the wider efforts to protect Australia from cyber threats that pose a significant challenge to national security," he said.

New Centre to take on threats

Mr Robert said the University of New South Wales' (UNSW) Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra would bring together cyber security researchers whose work would not only contribute to Australia's national security, but would also benefit Australian industry and individuals.

"The Centre's research will cover issues such as cyber ethics, law and justice as well as those issues that affect the everyday lives of people and businesses, such as computer and network security," he said.

He said the Centre's work would help Defence and law enforcement agencies to protect Australia's cyber activity and allow access to information essential to trade, prosperity and security.

"The cyber threat facing our nation comes from a wide range of sources, including individuals, issue-motivated groups, criminal syndicates and state-based actors," Mr Robert said.

"We are lucky to have this centre located at ADFA where our future leaders will have access to state-of-the-art research on this significant issue."

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