Joint Cyber Security Centre in Perth officially opens

13 July 2018

Last week the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter, officially opened the Perth Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC), the first centre of its kind to open in the West. 

The Head of the ACSC, Alastair MacGibbon, welcomed guests including the Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security and Federal Member for Canning, WA,  Mr Andrew Hastie MP, and senior representatives from across government, industry, academia and law enforcement.

The Attorney-General spoke about the importance of government working with industry to help Australian organisations harden their networks against increasing cyber threats. 

“Being a trading and export economy, we have the most mature and deep links with a range of countries – China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore”, the Attorney-General said.

“Our mining and resource companies are particular companies that need to be very hard targets against cyber security threats and cyber attacks.”

CEO and Managing Director of Bankwest, Rowan Munchenberg, reiterated the challenges that exist for his company and for many others in the financial sector.

“We’re managing and protecting people’s money and moving it around, and people look to exploit potential vulnerabilities in our networks or systems for their own purpose,” he said.

Designed in collaboration with key industry, government and law enforcement partners, the centre provides a secure hub for cyber security experts to share information on the latest threats and security challenges.

The Perth JCSC joins centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with a JCSC opening in Adelaide later this year.

Read more in the Attorney-General’s media release: Perth JCSC Protecting Western Australians

For more information about the JCSC program and how to become a member, visit www.cert.gov.au/jcsc/