The new Canberra security centre, officially opened by the Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, on behalf of the Minister for Defence, is a touted as a unique, interdisciplinary cyber security research and teaching centre, bringing together the largest cohort of cyber security researchers in the country.
Stuart Robert said he was “very encouraged that academia is focussing research on cyber security issues faced by Defence and our nation.”
He said ACCS will provide cutting-edge, international thought-leadership in cyber security through research, education and external engagement, “at a time when cyber security is moving to the top of global political, scholarly and commercial agendas.”
Professor Frater said the centre enhances UNSW's existing and emerging research strengths in five broad research areas - computer and network security, risk management, international politics and ethics, law, and big data analytics for security.
The Director of ACCS Professor Jill Slay said ACCS “draws on the skills of some of the best cyber security experts in the country serving as thought leaders in legal, policy and technical domains. UNSW applies this leadership through research, teaching and engagement with the government, Defence and business community.”
Professor Slay said ACCS combines expertise from a range of relevant communities, including political, cyber industry, defence, academic, individual and organisational users, and media, and builds on close working relationships with both national and international industry and government, including UNSW’s half-century relationship with Defence.