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$6m awarded to trans-Tasman cybersecurity research

Published: 16 March 2020

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has awarded over $6m to three cybersecurity research projects via the Catalyst: Strategic fund.

The projects will involve researchers from the Australian and New Zealand cybersecurity research communities, following an agreement between both Governments in 2018 to establish a new trans-Tasman cybersecurity research programme.

The projects, which have been funded to the value of $2m each, include:

  • Post-Quantum cryptographic schemes led by the University of Auckland
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) for human-centric security led by the University of Waikato; and
  • AI for automating responses to threats led by Massey University.

The aim of the Cyber Security Research Programme is to develop a joint programme of high-quality research in cybersecurity.

International Science Partnerships Manager Simon Rae said the Programme will also support the development of the cybersecurity industry.

“Cybersecurity is a rapidly changing area with a growing demand for expertise. Having a core of researcher capability in Australia and New Zealand will support the development of expertise to address the next generation of cybersecurity challenges,” Simon Rae said.

“This is a great opportunity for the cybersecurity research communities in Australia and New Zealand to demonstrate global industry leadership and showcase the unique skills and insights we have built within our research institutions.”

The New Zealand research projects will be coordinated by the University of Auckland, which will act as the Programme ‘host’.

Data61, the Australian Commonwealth, Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)’s data innovation group, will coordinate Australia’s involvement in these projects.