WA government to establish whole-of-government cybersecurity centre

The Western Australian government has announced it will sink AU$1.8 million to establish a whole-of-government cybersecurity operations centre.

To be managed by the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Office of Digital Government, the centre will provide further support to existing cybersecurity efforts across government and the dedicated cybersecurity team within the Office of Digital Government.

Western Australian Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly has labelled it a first for the state.

“During COVID-19, we’ve seen a rise in malicious cyber activity in terms of frequency, scale, and sophistication … the new operations centre will provide unprecedented visibility of threats against agencies’ networks, as well as improve the state government’s ability to coordinate and respond to cybersecurity threats against our systems,” he said.

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Kelly added how the centre would also be an additional avenue for cybersecurity TAFE and university students who

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