Companies in South Australia now have a safe virtual environment to practice handling real-world cyber warfare scenarios and access to world-class training, technologies and talent with the opening of the largest commercial cyber range in Australia.
Premier Steven Marshall recently launched the Cyber Test Range at the Lot Fourteen-based Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C).
Cybersecurity is one of the hi-tech focus sectors at Lot Fourteen and the A3C is a cornerstone of the state government’s vision to make SA the national leader in cyber security.
The state government has invested $10 million in the not-for-profit centre, which is the first of its kind in Australia and is bringing together cyber security education, businesses and organisations.
Innovation and Skills Minister David Pisoni, who also took part in the launch, said the state government was dedicated to ensuring South Australia responded to industry needs for a skilled workforce.
“Cyber security is a high demand industry, and the Cyber Training Academy in the A3C, facilitated in the Cyber Test Range, supports the development of a strong talent pool of cyber professionals through upskilling and training opportunities,” he said.
A3C chief executive Hai Tran said the collaboration and training offered by the Cyber Test Range would further cement A3C had as the hub of cyber security and South Australia as a national leader in the sector.
“The A3C enables South Australia to become the safest place to conduct business through bringing global expertise and best practice to Australia, connecting with the brightest minds from academia and small to medium sized businesses,” Mr Tran said.
As part of the launch, A3C hosted a 24 hour capture-the-flag style global challenge by Splunk.
“Using the A3C Cyber Test Range to host global competitions is a win for all. Not only does its use increase cyber awareness, but it also allows the A3C and its members to identify and develop Australia’s cyber warriors of tomorrow.” Mr Tran said.
Splunk Group Vice President for Australia and New Zealand Simon Eid said teams in the Boss of the SOC (Security Operations Centre) Challenge used the power of data to monitor security, investigate incidents and defeat threats in a fun and competitive environment.
“The ability to run competitions such as the Boss of the SOC in a world class facility like the A3C Cyber Test Range is a game changer for South Australia and the wider nation,” Mr Eid said.
“Splunk is proud to be a member of the A3C to collaboratively develop and identify talent within the cyber industry."
A3C continues to seek new partnerships and collaboration to solve global cyber challenges and create opportunities.