Assisting Australian cyber security companies to scale internationally is a primary goal for AustCyber in growing the ecosystem.
Building knowledge of global cyber security best practice across various sectors which utilise digital technology, as well as understanding how Australian companies can be positioned to export their capability to take advantage of value chains, are essential steps in this process.
AustCyber’s newly appointed Chief of Ecosystem Development Prerana Mehta, recently participated in an Industry 4.0 Digitalisation Delegation to Germany led by global technology giant Siemens and the Australian Industry Group.
The delegation – which included a cross section of business leaders and stakeholders from the manufacturing, energy, power and gas, engineering, data analytics, education and cyber security sectors – attended a series of meetings and briefings in April 2019.
This included a visit to Siemens’ gas turbine manufacturing plant in Berlin, German research organisation Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and participation in the world’s largest industrial trade fair in Hannover Messe which featured the theme ‘Integrated Industrial Intelligence’.
The program provided AustCyber with the opportunity to observe and learn from leading-edge German technology that is synonymous with innovation and quality globally.
German and multinational technology companies are increasingly embracing the advantages that smart factories, industrial robots, artificial intelligence and the many components that a lIOT-enabled environment provide. However, this international visit also underscored the importance of an integrated approach to security that begins with a robust cyber security framework.
Industry 4.0 calls for a holistic approach to cyber security – from research and development, design, manufacturing and distribution, through to education and workforce development. Organisations need to mitigate risks at every stage of the integrated process if they are to stay competitive. Globalisation and digitisation offer innovative Australian cyber security companies with the opportunity to compete and be part of the global value chain.
The highlight for AustCyber was presenting at the iconic BMW Welt with Siemens Chief Cyber Security Officer Natalia Oropeza and the Vice President Digital Strategy for BMW Group Jens Monsees. The panel discussion focused on the importance of cyber security and digitalisation.
A key learning for the Australian cyber security ecosystem from the German way of thinking is to partner for cyber security across value chains – this way we have a multiplier effect in building greater resilience.