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Cyber security in Western Australia

Western Australia’s entrepreneurs and researchers are at the forefront of innovation in cyber security. Four of Western Australia’s five universities offer comprehensive cyber security courses as well as test bed environments for the development of cyber security applications and solutions.

At the cutting edge of cyber security research and innovation is Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University (ECU), one of only two Australian universities recognised by the Australian Federal Government as an Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence.

  • Headquartered at ECU is the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub, which fosters and accelerates cyber capability development, innovation and commercialisation across the three domains of critical infrastructure, cybercrime and big data. The Hub is a highly successful collaboration between the Western Australian Government, ECU, national Industry growth centre AustCyber and the City of Joondalup
  • The internationally recognised ECU Security Research Institute investigates issues across research themes of cyber security, digital forensics, critical infrastructure security and cyber education.
  • The national Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, based at ECU, builds capability and capacity and collaborates with industry partners and universities to develop practical, evidence-based solutions to critical cyber security problems.
  • The Western Australian Police Force has located its Technology Crime Services headquarters at ECU, which places the university at the forefront of tackling the challenge of cybercrime by providing police investigations with additional expertise.

Incentives, grants and support

Move your cyber security business to Western Australia and you could benefit from state government grants and support.

The Western Australian Government’s New Industries Fund Innovation Vouchers Program helps start-ups to commercialise their innovations and expand with funding of up to $20,000. There’s also non-financial support from Invest and Trade Western Australia, whose team of business facilitation professionals can connect you to government and industry stakeholders.

Perth Angels, one of the country’s most active early stage investor groups, connects Western Australian entrepreneurs with a network of national and international private investors.

You will also be supported by a strong professional community. The Australian Information Security Association’s Perth branch hosts monthly meetings and an annual conference for its more than 550 members. Fostering female talent in the male-dominated tech industries, Women in Technology WA supports women to build both their networks and their knowledge.

Case studies

  • Sapien Cyber’s team of academic and industry practitioners have developed a unique cyber security solution for operational technology environments. The company’s Vulnerability Management System (VMS) and Threat Management System (TMS) products provide complete visibility of an organisation’s cyber risk exposure, attack surface and any suspicious activity within the operational technology network.
  • Perth and Virginia-based cybersecurity company WhiteHawk is known for establishing the world’s first online cybersecurity exchange, enabling businesses of all sizes to manage cybersecurity threats. The US company established its Perth office in 2017.