The Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC) was established as part of the Cooperative Research Centres Program.

We are dedicated to developing innovative projects that strengthen Australia’s cyber security capabilities. We develop effective collaborations between industry, researchers and governments to deliver outstanding cyber security research that creates commercial solutions to pressing problems.

We do this by funding and fostering innovative research projects. We attract, inspire, mentor and develop the next generation of cyber security professionals by offering the best and brightest students scholarships through our participating universities. Students enjoy the added advantage of also working within the CSCRC network that includes industry participants.

Our unique position as a bridge between industry, government and academia, allows us to break through silos that hinder innovation and commercialisation.

We are committed to developing research that is industry-led and addresses both the technology and policy sides of the cyber security spectrum. CSCRC plays an important role in raising cyber security awareness more broadly and exploring key cyber security issues with respect to the legal, policy and regulatory implications of cyber security risks.

We are a public company limited by guarantee with 24 Participant members. We will invest $AU50 million Australian Commonwealth Government funding, and additional Participant funding over seven years to 2025 in our key impact areas.

Information about CSCRC’s Progress in the 2018-19 financial year can be found in the Progress Report here


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Mission Statement

"To be an independent and collaborative centre where industry, government and research partners work together to create new products, services and systems that deliver a secure and resilient national cyber security capability, and to enhance cyber expertise for the nation, making Australia a safer place to do business."

As a part of a broader government strategy, CSCRC addresses the major challenge of growing Australia's cyber security sector capabilities by improving collaboration between industry and universities.

CSCRC clearly identifies cyber security problems, produces applicable solutions and explains those solutions to be understood by a broader audience. CSCRC also undertakes a key public role in cyber security advocacy by ensuring that it provides evidence-based commentary around cyber security issues.

Research Programs


Critical Infrastructure Security

A core component of cyber security is ensuring that the technology and infrastructure used is secure. Critical infrastructure is the core systems and architecture that are essential for Australian businesses and government to function; and by extension, for all Australians to have reliable access to these systems and services.

Cyber Security as a Service

This program will focus on solutions that standalone or that can be integrated into a large or small to medium enterprise to maintain security resilience. As we become more connected, all Australians need to be assured that they can conduct their business safely.


The Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC) aims to inspire the next generation of cyber security professionals by supporting innovative, industry-driven research into pressing cyber security problems. In addition to receiving scholarships, successful students from our participating universities may also work with some of the best cyber security researchers in Australia.

The CSCRC is looking for research collaboration and offers Postdoctoral Fellowships and Postgraduate Scholarships in the following areas of research and development:

  • Resilient Systems: To automate the assessment of high-volume network traffic to identify ‘red flags’ that enable cyber security professionals to better prioritize their time on higher value-adding activities.
  • IoT Systems –Security and Configuration: To develop new approaches to identify threats and secure the deployment of the Internet of Things.
  • Next Generation Authentication Technologies: To develop authentication technologies to protect access to control systems used in the water, power, and mining industries.
  • Emerging Threats – Network Forensics and Response: To develop techniques to trace (at a forensic level) where cyber threats have originated, and automate this ability across complex infrastructure and architecture environments.
  • Platform and Architecture for Cyber Security as a Service: To develop a secure integrated platform that will enable cyber security providers to offer robust security services.
  • Security Automation and Orchestration: To develop technologies for security orchestration that can be provisioned as cyber security solutions as a service.
  • Privacy Preserving Data Sharing in a Hyperconnected World: To develop techniques for sharing threat data whilst ensuring data remains confidential, and provide algorithms for accessing and analysing threat data, metadata and patterns.
  • Real-Time Monitoring of Cyber Security Threats: To develop visualization techniques that enable rapid situational awareness of cyber threats and risks that will deliver confidence in the quality and provenance of shared information.
  • Cyber Policy and Law: Activities are designed to build the cyber security capacity of legal, criminology, policy and business scholars. The aim is to understand and explain the impacts of emerging technologies on existing regulatory and legal frameworks. Projects will commence largely as public interest research and will be incorporated into our two other research streams.


Cyber Security Research Scholarships of up to $50,000 a year for outstanding PhD and Masters (by Research) students, and up to $10,000 for Honours students.


These scholarships are limited to Australian nationals or candidates from other 5-Eyes countries (US, UK, Canada, New Zealand). Candidates from NATO countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Successful candidates must be eligible to obtain Australian Government Cyber Security Clearance (where appropriate).

Before a Scholarship can be awarded, a successful applicant must provide a valid unconditional offer of admission (or be an existing student) to a postgraduate research degree at one of the CSCRC Research Universities (see ‘Partners’).

For details about how to apply for research degrees at any one of the CSCRC Research Participants, please contact the point of contact below using the format: firstname.lastname@cybersecuritycrc.org.au

  • Charles Sturt University (Professor Tanveer Zia)
  • CSIRO/DATA61 (Dr Surya Nepal)
  • Deakin University (Professor Matthew Warren)
  • Edith Cowan University (A/Professor Mike Johnstone or A/Professor P Haskell-Dowland)
  • Queensland University of Technology (Professor C Fidge)
  • University of New South Wales (Professor Sanjay Jha)
  • The University of Adelaide (Professor Ali Babar)
  • Law and Policy (A/Professor Tim Legrande)

Before a CSCRC Scholarship approval is made, you will be required to provide:

  • Evidence of application for admission to a postgraduate research degree at one of the Research Providers.
  • The research proposal submitted for admission demonstrating interest and applicability to one of the CSCRC Research Themes.
  • Your CV.
  • Copies of your academic transcripts.
  • A one-page statement outlining which CSCRC Scholarship Category (outlined above) you are seeking to apply for, and why you would be a suitable CSCRC Scholar.

For details about how to apply for research degrees at any one of the CSCRC Research Participants, contact the relevant University.


You are invited to apply for CSCRC Fellowships to carry out research in partnership with CSCRC Industry & Government Participants in Projects that concern the 9 areas of research detailed above. Postdoctoral Research Fellowships with salaries up to $113,138 p.a. (Academic Level B, step 5) are available from the CSCRC for outstanding PhD graduates to undertake research into cyber security.

Please contact fellowships@cybersecuritycrc.org.au with your enquiry.

Board and Leadership

Mr David Irvine
Chair of the Cyber Security CRC

Mr David Irvine was a long-serving diplomat who was Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 1996-1999 and Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China between 2000-2003, also concurrently Australian Ambassador to Mongolia and to the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea. He subsequently became the only person to have served as the head both of Australia’s foreign intelligence collection agency and its domestic security agency – positions he held for almost twelve years.

He is currently the Chairman of the Foreign Investment Review Board and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Archives of Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and also lectures at the National Security College within the Australian National University.

Ms Rachael Falk
BA, LLB(Hons), MNatSecPol(Adv)(Hons) MAICD
CEO Cyber Security CRC

Ms Rachael Falk is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (Cyber Security CRC).

Ms Falk comes to the Cyber CRC with a strong commercial and cyber security background having practiced as a lawyer for 15 years both in leading law firms in Australia and the UK and also in-house at Telstra Corporation Limited. Ms Falk became Telstra’s first General Manager of Cyber Influence. More recently she has been a cyber security consultant. She is a published author as well as the co-creator of the ‘Five Knows of Cyber Security’. Ms Falk is a regular commentator on topical cyber security issues in Australia.

The Hon Kate Lundy
Independent, Non-Executive Director

The Hon Kate Lundy served as a Senator representing the Australian Capital Territory in the Australian Federal Parliament for nearly 20 years. She held various ministerial positions including the Minister for Sport, Multicultural Affairs and Assisting on Industry and Innovation and the Digital Economy.

In 2017 Ms Lundy was inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame for ‘distinguished achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the Information and Communication Technology Industry’.

Ms Lundy is currently the ACT Defence Industry Advocate with a regional strategic focus on Space related technologies, cyber, digital simulation, systems integration and skills development. She holds several directorships including for the NRMA, the Australian Sports Technology Network, the National Youth Science Forum and her own consulting company, Technology Innovation Partners Pty Ltd.

Mr Greg Thomas
Head of APJ Cyber Security Officers, Cisco Systems, Non-Executive Director

Mr Gregory Thomas is an experienced Silicon Valley Executive; he has and continues to lead global teams for one of the largest IT companies in the world. His multidisciplinary leadership background has been recognized globally with numerous industry accolades and awards as a result of his leadership and experience in cybersecurity, strategy and business development, marketing and communications, thought leadership, product and technical marketing, investor relations and operations. Mr. Thomas is currently the Senior Director and a key member of the leadership team within Cisco Systems industry recognised and award winning Security and Trust Organization.

Ms Jennifer Westacott
AO, BA(Hons), D.Litt, FAICD, FIPAA
CEO Business Council Australia, Independent, Non-Executive Director

Ms Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors. For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments. She was the Director of Housing and the Secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources. From 2005 to 2011 Jennifer was senior partner at KPMG.

Ms Westacott is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and since 2013 has been a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited and Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

Ms Westacott was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.

Ms Anne Templeman-Jones 
Independent, Non-Executive Director

Ms Anne Templeman-Jones is an experienced listed company non-executive director, currently serving on the boards of Commonwealth Bank Limited, GUD Holdings Limited, Citadel Group Limited, and WorleyParsons Limited. Formerly a director of Cuscal Limited, HT&E Limited, Pioneer Credit Limited, TAL Superannuation Fund, Notre Dame University and HBF’s private health and general insurance companies.

Ms Templeman-Jones had a 30-year executive career developing deep operational, risk, governance and strategy experience. Early in her career she held audit and accounting roles with Price Waterhouse working in Australia and overseas. She gained experience in corporate banking with Bank of Singapore, Westpac Banking Corporation, and the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group.

Mr John M Green
FAICD, Sf Finsia
Independent, Non-Executive Director

Mr John M Green joined the Board as a non-executive director of CSCRC in December 2017. He is also Deputy Chairman of international insurance company, QBE Insurance Group and is a non-executive director of Challenger Limited. Previously he was on the board of global engineering services group, WorleyParsons. He had 30 years’ executive experience where he was an investment banker, as an Executive Director at Macquarie Group, and earlier a partner in two major law firms. He is also a novelist, with two of his books being cyber-thrillers. He’s also co-founder of boutique book publisher Pantera Press.

Ms Michelle Price
BA, BDesign
CEO of AustCyber, Non-Executive Director (ex-officio)

Before joining AustCyber, Michelle Price was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University. In this role, she established an integrated approach to the College’s cyber security program across executive and postgraduate education and policy engagement.

Before joining the ANU, Michelle worked at the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Australian Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and Cyber Security Strategy, National Security Strategic Risk Framework and Coordinated National Security Budget.

Prior to PM&C, Michelle worked in several strategy and risk roles across government.

Professor Steve Chapman
CBE, PhD BSc Newc, HonDSc Edin, FRSE, FRSC, CChem
Vice-Chancellor and President of Edith Cowan University, Non-Executive Director

Prior to joining ECU, Professor Steve Chapman was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University from 2009, and Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh from 2006. In 2001 he received the Interdisciplinary Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, for his ground-breaking work at the interface of Chemistry and Biology. He has published over 200 scientific papers in prestigious journals and has given numerous Plenary Lectures at International Conferences. Professor Chapman was one of the founders of ScotCHEM, the research "pooling" exercise in Chemistry across Scotland.

In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Mr Ben Sorenson
Data61, Non-Executive Director (ex-officio)

Ben joined CSIRO's Data61 in July 2017 and leads Data61’s Enterprise Team and relationships for Defence and National Security. Prior to joining Data61, Ben designed Defence Innovation Hub programs, led PwC’s Queensland Innovation Hub, established the PwC Chair in Digital Economy at QUT and ran PwC’s Open Innovation business in close collaboration with Qld Government and research organisations. Ben has over 20 years’ experience advising governments, corporates and other organisations on strategy and innovation, working internationally and across industries. Ben developed the PwC Disruptive Innovation Leadership course, and lectures through the QUT Graduate School of Business in conjunction with the Chair in Digital Economy at QUT.

Ms Rachel Noble
PSM, MBA, BSc(Hons)
Director-General of the Australian Signals Directorate

Prior to her ASD appointment, Ms Noble led the Australian Cyber Security Centre. Prior to this she was the Deputy Secretary Executive Group in the Department of Home Affairs. In 2014, Ms Noble was promoted to Deputy Secretary Policy Group in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). This promotion followed the merger of DIBP with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), which Ms Noble joined in 2013 as the National Director Intelligence and Chief Information Officer. She has also served throughout her career in the Defence Department.

Ms Noble’s SES appointments in Defence include First Assistant Secretary Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication; Assistant Secretary Governance; Assistant Secretary Americas, North and South Asia, Europe in the International Policy Division; and Deputy Chief of Facility at the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap. Rachel also held the position of National Security Chief Information Officer and Cyber Policy Coordinator in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, receiving a Public Service Medal for this work.

Mr Eddie Sheehy
BComm, MBS(Finance), MAICD
Independent, Non-Executive Director

Eddie is a tech entrepreneur, investor and non-executive director with a significant interest in early stage technology companies. He helps and mentors founders and CEOs who have ambitions to rapidly grow their ideas or companies. From 2006 - 2017 he oversaw the commercialisation and global expansion of Nuix's software, from almost no customers or revenue and two developers to a profitable $100M+ business. He is passionate about ensuring founders retain control of the business as it grows.



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