The 21st century has witnessed the emergence of new technologies such as super-computing that enable big data analytics, mobile Internet, the Internet of Things and cloud computing — breakthroughs which could create up to US$625 billion per year in economic activity in the Indo-Pacific by 2030, representing 12 per cent of the region’s total projected GDP.

But its flipside is that the interconnectivity of the modern world brings the new threat of cyber security as a global problem. Whether it is denial of service attacks, data and identity theft, crime or interference in business or government – the ramifications can be serious. Cyber crime costs the global economy nearly $500 billion annually and costs Australia between $1 billion and $17 billion a year, or roughly 1% of GDP.

ON Prime: Cyber is aimed at helping research teams tackle major challenges in this space, discover the value of their work and maximize the potential impact of their research. The program will be delivered by CSIRO in partnership with Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Participants will be drawn from Australia’s universities, CSIRO and publicly funded research associations (PFRA). The research employee can be full time, part time, or a casual staff member of a PFRA.

We’re looking for innovative technologies that have the potential to deliver game-changing solutions in the Indo-Pacific on the following priority objectives:

  • Increase access to the Internet and communication technologies in the Indo-Pacific
  • Support sustainable development goals, including access to education, financial services, social services, and law enforcement
  • Improve the collection of data to improve responsiveness of and inform evidence-based development programs
  • Improve awareness of basic cyber security in the Indo-Pacific.

This could include (but would not be limited to):

  • Security and privacy in big data;
  • Cloud Security
  • Security predictive analytics and situational awareness
  • Ultra-high speed intrusion detection and response;
  • Self-repairing highly resilient systems;
  • Authentication of people, devices, services and data.

Important dates

Applications now open! Apply before 28 July 2017.

Successful teams will be notified in August, with the program to begin in September.

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