Defence and ANU join forces to boost cyber security workforce

June 23, 2016

The Department of Defence has announced $12 million in funding for a new purpose-built facility at the Australian National University (ANU) to shore up Australia’s cyber security.

The joint project would be funded from the existing Defence budget.

Once completed, the building will house 70 students, academics and staff from Defence’s cyber agency, the Australian Signals Directorate.

The investment will allow ANU and Defence to collaborate on research in areas including high-performance computing, data analytics and cyber security.

Defence Minister Marise Payne said while the partnership was “unusual”, she hoped it would encourage students to pursue science and technology courses.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for those young Australian men and women who see a future for themselves in the STEM space, in science, in technology, in engineering, in mathematics,” she said.

“Those jobs of the future which will be part of the modern, 21st century economy.”

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