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Rachael Falk will take over as chief executive of CSRC in July. Rachael Falk will take over as chief executive of CSRC in July. Supplied

The Australian Cyber Security Research Centre, a non-profit that promotes industry investment into cyber security research and development, has appointed an industry veteran, Rachael Falk, as it chief executive.

She will replace the interim chief executive, Dr Darrell Williamson, who has held the role during the establishment phase of the CSRC.

Falk is a former in-house lawyer at Telstra who became the company's general manager of cyber influence. Following this she has practised as a cyber security consultant and is the co-author of the Five Knows of Cyber Security.

CSRC chair David Irvine, a former head of ASIO, said: “Strong cyber security is a critical issue for our economy and for Australia’s prosperity. We are delighted to have Rachael as our chief

"Not only does she bring a wealth of industry knowledge, she will ensure that CSRC collaborates with academia, industry and government to deliver industry-driven cyber security outcomes. We want our research and work to have an impact benefitting Australia both now and well into the future."

Irvine acknowledged the Australian Government's support for CSRC. It will be contributing $50 million to a program in cash and $140 million in kind over seven years. The Western Australian government has provided substantial support for the CSRC initiative, along with support from the South Australian and NSW Governments.

With its head office in Western Australia, the CSRC will bring together seven universities and research institutions, nine industry partners and nine government agencies. The participants are:

Research institutions: Edith Cowan University, Adelaide University, Deakin University, Charles Sturt University, University of NSW, Queensland University of Technology, Data61 (a division of CSIRO)

Industry: Cisco Systems Australia, Singtel Optus, Jemena, ActewAGL Distribution, TATA Consultancy Services, Datacom Technical Security Services, PEN10 Services, Quintessencelabs, AARNet.

Federal Government: Department of Defence (Australian Signals Directorate), Attorney-General’s Department (CERT Australia, Critical Infrastructure Centre), Australian Federal Police, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Transaction Reports & Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC).

State Governments: Office of the Government Chief Information Office (WA), Canberra Data Centres (NSW Data Centres), NSW Department of Finance, Services & Innovation, DefenceSA.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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