ARC Training Centre is ensuring digital security for all Australians

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Ms Judi Zielke PSM, today welcomed the launch of the ARC Training Centre for Information Resilience (CIRES), by Dr Mary Kelly, ARC Executive Director for Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, in Brisbane.

Led by the University of Queensland, the Centre will play a vital part in ensuring digital security for all Australians. CIRES will address the advances in data technology by building workforce capacity for all Australian businesses and organisations, to protect and sustain effective data pipelines. Ms Zielke said Australians appreciate the importance of data security. The CIRES Training Centre is addressing the need for generating, sharing, and using data in a way that is accessible, secure, and trusted.

Headquartered at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, the Centre is a collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) in Melbourne, and industry partners: Aginic, Astral, Allianz Partners, Health & Wellbeing Queensland, MaxKelsen, Department of Education, Queensland Health, Queensland Police Service, IP Australia, and the City of Frankston.

“Crucially, the Centre will support government, business and the wider community to detect and respond to failures and risks across the information value chain – where data is sourced, shared, analysed and consumed,” Ms Zielke said.

“CIRES has a key role in training and mentoring the next generation of researchers that will be necessary to partner with industry and government to tackle the growing risks associated with managing data,” said Ms Zielke.

CIRES is receiving $4.9 million in ARC research funding over a five-year period under the 2020 ARC Industrial Transformation Hub scheme round. ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres support collaborative research and partnerships that focus on strategic industry outcomes which would not otherwise be achieved independently.

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