Vic govt lures Oxford University security centre to Melbourne

Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre to open first international office

Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) will set up a new office co-located with the new the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC) in Melbourne.

The GCSCC, part of the Oxford Martin school, describes its mission as conducting research "on efficient and effective cybersecurity capacity-building, promoting an increase in the scale, pace, quality and impact of cybersecurity capacity-building initiatives across the world".

The OCSC and the new GCSCC office — its first location outside the UK — will be set up in in the first half of 2016.

Initially the two centres will be based at Monash University’s Caulfield campus. They will eventually be housed in an office in Melbourne’s CBD.

The OCSC and the launch of the GCSCC Melbourne office have been backed by the Victorian government.

The OCSC will bring together eight Victorian universities, the Defence Science Institute and private sector partners.

“Oxford University is a world leader in cyber security policy, research and education,” Victoria’s minister for small business, innovation and trade, Philip Dalidakis, said in a statement.

“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, the GCSCC’s director.

“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.”

Earlier this month the Victorian government and NBN announced plans to establish a cyber security operations centre in Melbourne by 2017.

NBN has plans to create 700 jobs in Melbourne including cyber security, technical support, administration, specialised ICT engineering and customer support roles.

The Victorian government today also announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Data61, the CSIRO division that was a product of the fusion between NICTA and the CSIRO's digital productivity business unit.

Read more: Opinion: Time for an updated approach to cyber security

Under the MoU, Data61 will move its lead lead national cyber security centre to Melbourne.

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