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New South Wales Cyber Capability Driving Jobs and Growth

The NSW Cyber Security Network (NSW CSN) connects the research strengths of the state's leading universities with the top cyber security challenges for industry.

About the Network

The NSW Cyber Security Network (NSWCSN) facilitates collaboration between universities specialising in cyber-related research, promotes their capabilities, and supports their connection with industry. Developing a workforce of cyber professionals to protect business and government against cyber attacks and build the state’s economy is another key task for the NSWCSN. It does this through a workforce development program including PhD scholarships, iSTEM teaching support for high schools and collaboration with TAFE and the wider VET sector.

The NSWCSN is also the coordinating body for the NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node, a partnership between the NSW Government and AustCyber (Australian Cyber Security Growth Network). The network is funded by the New South Wales Government through the Department of Industry’s Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer. Member universities also contribute funding.

The NSWCSN complements the NSW Defence Innovation Network and the NSW Smart Sensing Network, also funded by the NSW Government.

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What's New?

The NSW Cyber Security Network (NSWCSN) is pleased to announce a new cyber voucher program that can help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) innovate on a small business budget, with the help of leading university researchers.

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Who Are We?

The NSW Cyber Security Network (NSWCSN) is a place where industry, government and research institutions collaborate to build future-focused cyber security capabilities. NSWCSN is made up of seven Member Universities and is funded by the NSW Government through the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer. Its aim is to position NSW as a leader in cyber security.

Increasingly, challenges to industry and government are being addressed through international research capacity and collaboration, based on the need for rapid response in an environment of increasing online threat. Large organisations now rely less on internal R&D capacity and seek support through government collaborative funding and substantially larger research capacities found in universities and public industrial research organisations. NSW is home to first-class universities that are building capacity to lead this wave of R&D innovation. Almost all of these institutions are members of the NSWCSN.

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Our Mission

Our era is characterised by an exponential growth in Information Technology and Communications, including an unprecedented growth in sensors and devices, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and new communication platforms. These developments are rapidly improving the way we live and work, our safety, economic and social opportunities. However, the growth of technology and the interconnected nature of systems has increased our vulnerability to malicious cyber attacks.

All levels of Australian Government have developed strong responses to protect our economy and citizens from these new vulnerabilities. The NSW Government has established a number of cyber security responses including NSWCSN, to accelerate the state’s capacity to respond to cyber incidents. It has also invested in long-term education and research capacity-building to meet the market demand for cyber security professionals.


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Our Key Capabilities

Our members offer the strongest collection of capabilities in NSW research, consulting and education.

Our capabilities include:

  • Security, including 5G and IoT
  • Privacy
  • Cryptography
  • Social, Business and Legal Dimensions
  • Health and Cyber Security
  • Energy and Cyber Security

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Charles Sturt University joins NSW Cyber Security Network

Mon 20th May 2019

Charles Sturt brings new opportunities for cyber security research and development in regional NSW.

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TAS Faculty teacher Suzanne from Belmont High receives MicroBIT GO kits

NSW High Schools welcome NSWCSN support for digital curricula

Thu 7th March 2019

NSWCSN Workforce Development Manager Sarah Box has been busy responding to requests from NSW high schools for teaching infrastructure to help them deliver digital curricula.

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