Sydney Joint Cyber Security Centre launch

21 March 2018

Sydney’s Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) is officially open for business, creating a hub of cyber security expertise in the centre of the city.

The Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security, Angus Taylor, launched the centre at its new home in Darling Park on 21 March 2018.

 “The JCSC is a critical hub for business and government to improve their cyber security practices and share information in a trusted environment,” Minister Taylor said.

At the launch

Industry partners played a vital role in the design and set up of the centre, and it was great to have one of our founding partners, Peter Harmer from Insurance Australia Group (IAG), as a speaker.

As Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of IAG, Mr Harmer understands how important it is for government and industry to work together to build resilience to cyber threats.

“Shared responsibility encourages all major businesses to support the JCSC program to ensure its success,” Mr Harmer said.

Research shows that organisations with high levels of cyber security awareness at the most senior levels are more resilient to cyber threats.

Victor Dominello, New South Wales Government’s Minister for Finance, Services and Property spoke about the importance of the Commonwealth, states and territories to work together to get cyber security right.

As part of the launch, we simulated a cyber incident through a “capture the flag” exercise, forming teams from across industry to compete.

The event centred on a simulated cyber security incident at a fictitious company. Participants used their knowledge, technical skills and tools to investigate the incident, which contained many elements observed in real incidents.

The cyber security experts worked together to solve complex issues and get scores on the leader board, demonstrating how important a combined, team effort is to tackle malicious cyber events. It was a close competition, but we’re pleased to announce the winners:

1st Gastric Crocodile: Joseph, Sarbeswar and Craig (IAG)

2nd Decisive Mongoose: Jacob and Danh (Westpac)

3rd Extreme Zebra: Kyle and James (Westpac)

Well done to all the participants!

Events of this nature help build organisational readiness to respond to cyber security incidents, and we plan to hold more capture the flag competitions in the future.

JCSC program

The JCSC program is a yet another fantastic example of the Australian Government working in partnership with industry to co-design effective cyber security initiatives.

The centres offer a trusted environment for industry, government and academics to share sensitive information on both existing and emerging cyber issues.

As well, partners have direct access to practical tools and expert cyber advice from the Australian Cyber Security Centre, state government and policing representatives.

Become an industry partner

As a Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) partner you can help drive Australia’s efforts to ensure a safer internet for everyone – and meet cyber threats together with your peers, leading academics and Australian government experts.

Find out more about the benefits of partnering with the Sydney JCSC.