Rapid global disruption and disintermediation is creating new industries and dramatically transforming old ones. As traditional boundaries collapse, Australia has a strategic national advantage in the critical cyber security space. Growing a strong and competitive Australian cyber security sector will not only underpin the future evolution of every Australian industry as it embraces digital opportunities, but forge a new economic pillar of its own. But our national advantage will only materialise through deep collaboration to fuel continued growth of the Australian economy – we need a common vision.
This Cyber Security Industry Roadmap brings together the expertise and networks of CSIRO and AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, to recognise that common vision and map out the road to success for our cyber security sector. We apply world-class scientific and technological expertise to steer business, government and society through the challenges we must navigate over the next 10 to 15 years, deflecting the threats and seizing the opportunities presented. For example, Australians are already starting to benefit from an emerging industry focused on collection and use of genomic and health data, which is both improving the nation’s health and providing jobs and economic growth. As we integrate data and digital technologies into everything we do, its integrity and security will be key to our healthy future.
We have an opportunity to be a world leader in this field. We can build this industry with skills from our world‑class education system, testbeds supported by our small but sophisticated market, and alignment with cultures and time zones in our geographic region. The concentration of some of the world’s brightest minds, in a thriving economy, working in shared languages and business hours through the Indo-Pacific is an incredible advantage.
As Australia responds to major global disruption, a strong local cyber security sector will not just enable our economy to grow and compete, but create an opportunity to excel on the world stage. It will take collaboration, coordination and commitment to deliver, and this Roadmap sets out the clear steps along the path to achieving this bold vision for Australia’s future prosperity.