NSW announces new cybersecurity centre in Bathurst

By Amy Sarcevic
Thursday, 25 June, 2020

NSW announces new cybersecurity centre in Bathurst

Building on its recent record $240 million cyber security investment, the NSW Government has announced it will open a new Cyber Security Vulnerability Management Centre in Bathurst.

Operated by Cyber Security NSW, the centre will provide ongoing and automated vulnerability scanning across departments and agencies, introducing new services over time as its capability develops.

Australian cybersecurity start-up UpGuard will assist the organisations with detecting and managing internet-facing vulnerabilities and data breaches.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the centre — due to open in July — is a crucial step towards strengthening the government’s capabilities in this space.

“The Cyber Security Vulnerability Management Centre will provide the NSW Government with an increased awareness of vulnerabilities in internet-facing services and assets,” Dominello said.

“It will deliver a vital, sector-wide risk management capability and is critical to ensuring enhanced monitoring of at-risk government systems, as well as early identification and remediation of known vulnerabilities.

“Early detection of vulnerabilities and the ability to report them to the relevant agencies and departments is essential to improving our cybersecurity.”

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the initiative would also open up much-needed regional jobs for the sector.

“This new centre is the first of its kind in the state, and not only will it create eight local jobs straight away, but it will also bring skilled workers to the region to further promote cyber employment opportunities in regional NSW,” Toole said.

“The NSW Government is committed to expanding cybersecurity knowledge and capability across regional areas that simultaneously provides increased assurance for NSW’s digital services.

“With many people working remotely or in isolation during the evolving coronavirus situation, there’s never been a more important time to prioritise cybersecurity, and this new centre in our own backyard is only just the start.”

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