The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are helping position the nation as a global cyber security powerhouse through the opening of a new hub.

The Tasmanian Cyber Security Innovation Node, launched in Launceston today, joins five other state and territory nodes created in partnership with the Australian Government-backed AustCyber.

Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the new node would help drive innovation and economic growth in the cyber security sector.

“Growing the sector in Tasmania will drive economic growth, attract business investment, create new jobs and support Australia’s national security through development of advanced cyber security capability,” Minister Andrews said.

“The global cyber security market is expected to be worth US$270 billion by 2026 and the Australian Government wants local businesses to be a critical player.

“This node and others in the network will foster collaboration to help Australia seize the opportunities and meet the rising demand for skilled cyber workers and services.”

The Tasmanian Node will have a particular focus on driving national strategy in the Smart Cities, Internet of Things (IoT) and Marine Technology sectors.

The node will be an important part of protecting Tasmania from future cyber-security threats.

Linking Tasmania in with national cyber security efforts will assist Tasmania to respond more rapidly to future state, national and international threats, which are expected to become more pervasive in the future.

We are keen to play our part in Tasmania, and we look forward to delivering new opportunities in research and development in this important sector.

Member for Bass Bridget Archer MP said the node would ensure Tasmania and Tasmanians can reap the rewards of the growing cyber security sector.

“There is enormous potential for jobs to be created and for Tasmanians to forge new careers in the cyber security space,” Ms Archer said.

“This node is perfectly positioned to remove hurdles for locals to start, scale and export their capabilities.”

AustCyber’s Tasmania Cyber Security Innovation Node is a collaboration between AustCyber, the Tasmanian Government and Enterprize Tasmania Ltd.

AustCyber was established as part of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative and is designed to grow a globally competitive cyber security sector.

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