Centre opens to tackle cyber threats

The Perth Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC), launched last week by the Federal Government, will offer critical support to Australia’s business community, particularly the energy and resources sectors.

The centre is part of the Turnbull Government’s $47 million JCSC program and is the first of its kind in WA.

“The resources that come from Western Australia are the lifeblood of the economy and represent a significant portion of our gross domestic product,” Attorney-General Christian Porter said.

“If a cyber-attack were to affect one of our major resource corporations, there could be significant impacts to Australia.

“The JCSC is a critical hub for business and government to improve their cyber security practices and share information in a trusted and secure environment.”

Designed in collaboration with key industry partners, the centre brings together cyber security experts from sectors including mining, agriculture, natural resources, the defence industry and infrastructure.

“In a state where the tyranny of distance means business is often conducted from remote and isolated locations, the need to protect our business networks is even more crucial,” Porter said.

JCSCs have already opened in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with Adelaide’s centre to open later in the year.

The centre will hold a series of workshops and events that address strategic and technical issues within the cyber space.

For more information about the JCSC program and how to become a member visit www.cert.gov.au/jcsc.

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