Cyber security resources for businesses

CERT Australia is the national computer emergency response team. Established in 2010, CERT is the primary government contact point for major Australian businesses to:

  • Receive and respond to cyber security incident reports
  • Receive support and advice in responding to and mitigating cyber incidents
  • Monitor cyber security incidents or attacks to develop a threat picture
  • Provide advice and alerts to its partners to enhance their cyber security resilience.

Visit the CERT Australia website for useful resources and advice relating to cyber security. This includes:

  • The Stay Smart Online program – provides information on how small businesses can protect themselves from, and reduce the risk of, cyber security threats
  • Stay Smart Online also has a Small Business Guide that outlines good online security practices and easy steps to protect customer and supplier information entrusted to your business
  • To report a cyber crime incident go to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) – a national online system to help businesses and individuals securely report cyber crime

For more information on services please visit the CERT Australia website.

Cyber Check Me Initiative

CyberCheck.Me provides local businesses with assistance, advice and assessment to help them better protect themselves and their business online.

The initiative also provides free one hour consultations to City of Joondalup businesses to assess  their cyber security capabilities as well as a number of useful online cyber guides.

CyberCheck.Me is an initiative developed by the ECU Research Institute in partnership with the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo and the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub.

For more information on the initiative and services available to City of Joondalup businesses visit cybercheck.me

Joondalup Innovation Hub

In November 2017 Edith Cowan University (ECU) Joondalup was announced as the location of the Western Australian Government’s first Innovation Hub.

Leveraging ECU’s reputation as a world leader in cyber security research the initial focus of the Joondalup Innovation Hub is cyber security. An investment of $800k from the State Government’s New Industries Fund was committed to bring together public, private and research sectors headquartered at the ECU Joondalup Campus.

Speaking at the launch of the New Industries Fund in Joondalup alongside Premier Mark McGowan and Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly, ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman welcomed the Hub.

In September 2017 ECU and the State Government were announced as principal partners in a Government supported $50m Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). In June of that year, ECU also became one of only two designated Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in Australia, receiving almost $1m in Federal Government funding.

In April 2018 the Federal Government, in cooperation with State Government launched the CRC which will focus on three key areas:

  • Ensuring the security of critical infrastructure by developing innovative approaches, tools and techniques to predict, prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats
  • Enabling Australian individuals, businesses and industries to access cyber security solutions which build national and international confidence in Australia as a safe and trusted place to do business and access cyber space
  • Building the next generation of industry, government and research cyber security leaders, and increasing maturity, capability and collaboration in the sector.

The CRC now benefits from $140m in funding from 25 industry, government, university and research participants, and includes the $50 million from the Australian Government over seven years and $5.6 million from the McGowan Government over seven years.

In summary, the Joondalup Innovation Hub brings together ECU’s cyber security expertise, the Australian Security Growth Network, AustCyber, and now the Cyber Security CRC.

Business collaboration opportunities

Businesses operating, or with an interest, in the Cyber Security and ICT industry are encouraged to contact the Edith Cowan University Security Research Institute for collaborative opportunities.