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Tassie cyber security node to support tech and defence innovation

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has confirmed the launch of the Tasmanian Cyber Security Innovation Node in Launceston.

user iconStephen Kuper
Tue, 04 Feb 2020
Tassie cyber security node to support tech and defence innovation
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An initiative of the Commonwealth and Tasmanian state government has launched the Tasmanian Cyber Security Innovation Node, as the Commonwealth pushes to position Australia as a global cyber security powerhouse.

The Tasmanian Cyber Security Innovation Node launched in Launceston joins five other state and territory nodes created in partnership with the Australian government-backed AustCyber.

Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the new node would help drive innovation and economic growth in the cyber security sector.

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“Growing the sector in Tasmania will attract business investment, create new jobs and support Australia’s national security through development of advanced cyber security capability,” Minister Andrews said.

“The global cyber security market is expected to be worth US$270 billion by 2026 and the Morrison government wants our local businesses to be a critical player. This node and others in the network will foster collaboration, which will help Australia seize the opportunities and meet the rising demand for skilled cyber workers and services,” Minister Andrews added.

The Tasmanian Node will have a particular focus on driving national strategy in the smart cities, internet of things and marine technology sectors.

Tasmanian minister for science and technology Michael Ferguson said the node would be an important part of protecting Tasmania from future cyber security threats.

“Linking in with national cyber security efforts will assist Tasmania to respond more rapidly to future state, national and international threats, which are expected to become more pervasive in the future,” Mr Ferguson said.

AustCyber’s Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node is a collaboration between AustCyber, the Tasmanian government and Enterprize Tasmania Ltd.

AustCyber was established as part of the Coalition’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative and is designed to grow a globally competitive cyber security sector.

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