AustCyber’s year in review by Michelle Price

Michelle Price

Another big year for the #OzCyber world and it’s entirely deliberate that we – all of us – have much to celebrate. As we head towards the holiday season and AustCyber’s third birthday on 1 Jan 2020, let’s take a quick look back on the achievements and features of the year… condensed for your viewing!




Policy and advocacy

What’s next for us in 2020?

New Year’s Day 2020 marks three years since we started operating!

In addition, we’re excited to announce the following activities for early next year:

  • We will be publicly announcing the recipients of the second round of the AustCyber Projects Fund, which provides $8.5 million in matched funding to industry led projects that deliver on the goals of Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan. As we head into Christmas, we can share that 16 projects have made it through for funding.
  • We’ll be making a public submission to the next update of the NICE Cyber Security Workforce Framework.
  • Our Tasmanian Cyber Security Innovation Node will be officially launched on 30 January in Launceston, with more Node launches to come in 2020 (such as Queensland and Victoria!).
  • Our international engagement will commence with a full day ‘Australia House’ program, in partnership with Austrade, on 24 February to coincide with the RSA Conference in San Francisco. This program will include several panel sessions, as well as the 3rd Annual Australian Cyber Security Innovation Showcase (‘Demo Day’). In the lead up to RSA, we’ll be offering in partnership with CyRise and Alan Jones, pitch training to ensure everyone attending is adequately prepared. I note that this next business mission to the US will see Cyber Roo turn three… she’s achieved so much!
  • Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy will be published and we look forward to seeing how it shapes the direction of the industry.
  • We are working towards the delivery of an Australian Cyber Capability Portal. The portal will be the first of its kind in Australia and will give the whole ecosystem a better understanding and visibility of the breath and capacity in this growth sector, as well as provide real-world data that the sector needs to mature.
  • We’ll be running another federal GovPitch event, in partnership with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
  • Australian Cyber Week and the National Missing Persons Hackathon will be back – bigger and better than ever!

… and much, much more!

While we like to think we’re running all the time, the AustCyber office will be closed from Monday 23 December 2019 and Friday 3 January 2020, inclusive.

As I’ve said to the team, and I’ll also say to all of you, please be safe. I hope you get the chance to take some time out. 2020 is going to be an even bigger year for the cyber security sector – both at home and internationally.

From me, the team and Cyber Roo, our best wishes to you, your teams and your families this festive season.

It’s been such a big year in many ways and we’re only just getting started.