Australian National University establishes interdisciplinary Institute to focus on cybersecurity and innovation

The Australian National University (ANU) announced the establishment of the nation's first interdisciplinary Cyber Institute on October 29. The announcement was made during a visit to Israel by a major Australian cyber security and innovation delegation, led by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, Dan Tehan. Mr. Tehan welcomed the announcement.

The ANU Cyber Institute will combine expertise from across a range of disciplines to conduct leading research that will help shape the nation's future in the fields of cyber security and innovation.

The Institute will be jointly managed by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) and the ANU National Security College (NSC).

Head of the NSC, Professor Rory Medcalf, said ANU was seizing the initiative of prioritising cyber security, building on the Australian Government's 2016 Cyber Security Strategy and its International Cyber Engagement Strategy, released earlier this month. Professor Medcalf also said that the trusted engagement between government, business and academia that helped make Israel a cyber power and innovation nation was an instructive model for Australia and the ANU Cyber Institute.

"Cyber now touches everything from your own financial and medical data all the way through to our critical national infrastructure," Professor Medcalf added.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said the ANU Cyber Institute would be the first of its kind in Australia.

Professor Schmidt said, "ANU is perfectly placed to bring together the required expertise across a range of areas to deal with the increasingly complex issues in the cyber domain. This institute will present new opportunities for research, innovation and education."

Dean of CECS Professor Elanor Huntington said the joint initiative will see a significant contribution to global cyber security knowledge and innovation.

"The Cyber Institute represents the convergence of interdisciplinary expertise to resolve highly complex societal issues," Professor Huntington said.

"The institute has in its DNA a deep appreciation of the technical and social expertise needed to tackle cyber security, resilience, risk and strategy."

"This initiative by Australia's national university is about protecting the nation, its infrastructure, businesses and people from cyber risk. It is also about training and educating the cyber workforce Australian government agencies and industries need."

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