Former Atlassian security chief takes role at Cyber Security Growth Centre

Craig Davies appointed CEO

Former Atlassian security head Craig Davies has been appointed CEO of the government’s new Cyber Security Growth Centre.

Davies' new role will commence early next year. The centre will operate as a not-for-profit company named Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd.

The Cyber Security Growth Centre will “bring together industry, researchers and governments to create a national enterprise that will provide the foundation for the development of next generation products and services needed to live and work securely in our increasingly connected world,” industry, innovation and science minister Greg Hunt said in a statement.

Data61 CEO Adrian Turner and Doug Elix are the inaugural co-chairs of the centre, which will be based on a series of “nodes” across Australia.

“The ACSGN will have a national footprint and will work closely with Australia’s cyber security sector to take advantage of this growing global market for cyber security products and services,” states the government’s description of the centre.

“It will operate out of several nodes established across Australia, which will provide a way of connecting the many fragmented cyber security activities and bridge capability and expertise across the country.”

The centre was initially announced in December 2015 as part of the government’s ‘innovation agenda’.

The $30.5 million initiative also formed part of the government’s national cyber security strategy.

The centre “will bring together Australian governments, businesses, start-ups and the research community to define and prioritise cyber security challenges that are both critical to national success and those for which Australia has a leading ability to build globally competitive solutions,” the government’s strategy document states.

The global cyber security market is expected to be worth up to US$170 billion by 2020.

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