OCSC’s Chairman address, Mr Cameron Boardman

We at Australia’s leading cybersecurity research organisation, the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC), have called on policy makers, industry and research communities to place a greater emphasis on improving cybersecurity resilience to protect the national interests of Australia and its close neighbour states across the Oceania region.

We are witnesses to the rapid growth and proliferation of notifiable data breaches being proof that Australia and its smaller neighbouring island states remain ill-equipped to deal with arguably the most proximate and prominent threat to their respective economic and national security. The number of notifiable data breaches is growing steadily and significantly. Understanding where the gaps are is critical to lessening the ability of bad actors or cyber criminals to attack a nation, its peoples and their allies.

It’s also important to note the stepping stones or ‘hop points’ for a cyberattack are not just limited to smaller, developing economies. There are examples of cyber-attacks where trusted suppliers in ‘developed’ economies have been infiltrated to gain access upstream into more secure environments.

The OCSC’s eight university partners, and the over 120 specialist information technology and cybersecurity researchers within them, provide the foundation to work with private enterprises and the public sector to identify and develop solutions to complex security threats.The OCSC is committed to working with the Australian and regional governments to prioritise and drive projects that can help build national cybersecurity capacity across Australia and the region and create a free and safe cyberspace for all.

The Project Showcase event will provide an opportunity for leading cybersecurity researchers from OCSC member Universities to present current proof of concept projects to an audience of some 200.

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