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Thursday, 30 January 2020 11:26

Tasmania’s cyber security innovation node launches Featured

AustCyber CEO Michelle Price AustCyber CEO Michelle Price

Tasmania’s Cyber Security Innovation Node has been launched in Launceston, with the node becoming the latest addition to AustCyber’s National Network of Cyber Security Innovation Nodes designed to foster and accelerate cyber capability development and innovation across Australia.

The innovation node is jointly funded by AustCyber – the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network – and the Tasmanian Government, with Enterprize Tasmania as the delivery partner.

“AustCyber was established as part of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative and as a non-profit organisation, is focused on growing a globally competitive cyber security sector for Australia. As a local presence for AustCyber, the Node will ensure Tasmania benefits from the activities outlined in Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan, supporting sustained industry growth around servicing domestic cyber security needs while exporting capabilities to the world,” said Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber.

“The Tasmania Node will have a particular focus on driving national strategy in the smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT) and marine technology sectors. Growth in the sector locally will attract business investment, create employment opportunities and support Australia’s national security through development of advanced cyber security capability.”

In Australia in 2018, external spending on cyber security products and services grew by 8% to $3.9 billion. This compares with 6% growth in 2017.

According to AustCyber, while Australia’s cyber security sector is still developing, there is the potential to capture a significant share of the growing global cyber security market.

The Tasmanian innovation node was jointly launched in Launceston on Thursday by the Federal Member for Bass, Bridget Archer and Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Minister for State Growth, Minister for Small Business, Minister for Science and Technology, Leader of the House..

“We are humbled by the industry and community support at the launch today and excited about the opportunities unfolding for the cyber security sector in Tasmania,” said Casey Farrell, Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node Manager.

“We’re set for a busy year delivering Node activities – including the addition of a cyber security stream to the Enterprize incubator, supporting early stage cyber security startups, and numerous community building activities to continue to bring new talent into the sector.”

The Tasmanian innovation node launch was followed by a panel discussion involving Fiona Turner (Co-Founder at Bitwise Agronomy, President at Startup Tasmania, Senior Consultant at Nukon), Mike Cruse (Founder and CEO at Definium Technologies), Jeffrey Hawkins (Managing Director at Pivot Maritime International) and Malcolm Layton (Co-Founder at Fortify Edge).

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