New Cooperation with the Government of Victoria, Australia

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New Cooperation with the Government of Victoria, Australia

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The Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre to play key role in new Centre of Excellence in Melbourne

The Victorian Government today signed a landmark agreement that will see the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) establish its first ever international office in Melbourne, to be co-located with a major new cyber security centre.

The State Government of Victoria is establishing a new cyber security facility, the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC) in Melbourne, which aims to be a key focus point for cybersecurity capacity-building. The Oxford team will work closely with the new centre, using its innovative model to measure cybersecurity capacity maturity which aims to enable nations understand what good cybersecurity looks like, in order to better plan investments and national cybersecurity strategies. 

The Oceania Cyber Security Centre is being set up with support from the Victorian Government and will bring together eight Victorian universities, the Melbourne-based Defence Science Institute and major private sector partners. It will draw on Victorian universities’ world-class capabilities in cyber security and drive partnerships with leading cyber security teams operating in the state’s extensive financial services, defence, and telecommunications sectors. Mr Dalidakis said the two centres would be established in the first half of 2016 and would initially be located at Monash University’s Caulfield campus before setting up at a new office in the CBD. 

Hon Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Victoria said “Oxford University is a world leader in cyber security policy, research and education. Their decision to locate their first Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre international office in Melbourne is a huge vote of confidence for Victoria’s tech sector”.

“We are delighted to be part of this exciting new partnership”, said Professor Sadie Creese, Director of the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre. “Our aim is for our work to be used internationally as a common framework for effective cybersecurity, and working with key partners worldwide such as the State Government of Victoria is the only effective way to tackle this truly global issue”.

Professor Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School, commented: “It is excellent to see the Centre working in partnership with decision-makers around the globe, and we welcome Minister Dalidakis to the Oxford Martin School today to celebrate this. Our School highlights the need for long-term solutions to global problems, and it’s pleasing to see the State Government of Victoria showing this strong leadership in the key area of cybersecurity”.

This article was originally published on the website of the Oxford Martin School on 14th December 2015: http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/news/14-12-15-cyberagreement