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The NSW Cyber Security Network (NSWCSN) is a NSW Government initiative funded by the NSW State Government and universities. As a member-based organisation, it focuses on developing solutions to end-user-led challenges and aims to position NSW as a leader in cyber security. The presence of a future focused and stable cyberspace security sector and the capability to provide it, develop it, research it and teach it, is crucial for the State and economic growth.

The NSWCSN was announced in February 2018 by the NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, a $2M investment to bolster NSW’s cyber security research and development capability and harness the state’s growing cyber security industry.

The NSWCSN is funded through the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer. It complements the NSW Government’s NSW Defence Innovation Network and the NSW Smart Sensing Network.

Network activities are expressed an R&D program and an education and workforce development program.


The Network’s inaugural Director is Todd Williams, FAICD. The inaugural Chair is Mr Neville Stevens, AO.


The founding University Members of the NSW Cyber Security Network are: UNSW Sydney, Macquarie University, the University of Sydney, the University of Wollongong, the University of Newcastle, the University of Technology Sydney and Western Sydney University.


The NSW Cyber Security Network (NSWCSN) is a place where industry, government and research institutions collaborate to build future-focused cyber security capabilities. NSWCSN also has the charter to develop a talent pool that can protect the state’s utilities, businesses and public infrastructure from the global threat of cyber-attack. 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 corporate 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. Many of these institutions are members of the NSWCSN.

The NSWCSN members offer the strongest collection of capabilities in NSW research, consulting and education. These 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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$10M Government initiative to fund SMB cyber security checks

Thu 6th December 2018

Small businesses will feel more secure, with the launch of a new $10 million cyber security initiative today.

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NSW Cyber Security Network Industry Roundtable

Fri 26th October 2018

On September 18, 2018, the NSW Cyber Security Network held its first public event - Cyber Connections for a Stronger NSW - a round-table for industry, universities, government and students to identify the key requirements for robust cyber security in New South Wales, and how this might be achieved.

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