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Western Australia to be protected from cyberattack with launch of the Perth Joint Cyber Security Centre

According to the announcement made by the Attorney-General for Australia, the launching of the new Perth Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) will offer critical support to the west’s vast energy and resource sector.

In line with the Turnbull Government’s commitment to keeping Australians safe from cyber-attacks, the Perth JCSC is being launched as the first of its kind in the west.

The new Perth centre is a part of the Turnbull Government's A$ 47 million JCSC program. The centre was launched by the Attorney-General the Hon Christian Porter MP and will offer critical support to Australia's business community, particularly the west's vast energy and resource sector.

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

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

He explained, “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.”

The centre was designed collaboration with significant industry partners. It will bring together cyber security experts from different sectors that include mining, agriculture, natural resources, the defence industry and infrastructure.

These experts are tasked to share information on the latest cyber threats and security challenges. They would also be concentrating on supporting Australia’s national cyber security capabilities.

The Attorney-General said, “The Perth Joint Cyber Security Centre represents an important milestone in expanding our national cyber security footprint.”

He added, “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.”

He explained, “Cyber security threats are always evolving, so we need to ensure we have a whole range of strategies in place to protect our digital borders and be on the offensive against cyber-attacks. This centre will play a key role for government and industry to work together towards this critical objective.”

The Government’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy is funding the Joint Cyber Security Centres (JCSC), which are all a part of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).

The ACSC is the Australian Government’s lead agency on national cyber security. It brings together cyber security capabilities from across the Australian Government to improve the cyber resilience of the Australian community and support the economic and social prosperity of Australia in the digital age.

The Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) program is a partnership between business, government, academia and other key partners to enhance collaboration on cyber security.

The Perth JCSC is the fourth state based centre to open, joining Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Another centre in Adelaide will open later this year.

The centre will be holding a series of workshops and events throughout the rest of 2018 to address strategic and technical issues within the cyber space.

An earlier announcement was released highlighting the launch of the Sydney Joint Cyber Security Centre on 21 March 2018.

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