Who We Are

We develop cyber security capability and capacity to help keep Australia safe.

The CSCRC is dedicated to fostering the next generation of Australian cyber security talent, developing innovative projects to strengthen our nation’s security capabilities.

We build effective collaborations between industry, government and researchers, creating real-world solutions for pressing cyber-related problems.

We achieve this by identifying, funding and supporting research projects that build Australia’s cyber security capacity and address issues across the cyber spectrum, both technology and policy related.

The CSCRC also undertakes a key public role in cyber security advocacy, providing evidence-based commentary around relevant cyber security issues.



The CSCRC develops cyber security capability and capacity to help keep Australia safe. We do this by developing innovative, real-world research and cultivating outstanding talent to solve pressing cyber security challenges.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) are collaborations between industry, government and academia. They offer a unique opportunity for Participants to bridge the gap between research and real-world applications, creating material solutions for sector-specific problems. CRCs drive innovations and help build Australia’s capability and capacity for the future.

The 2018 the CSCRC was awarded $50 million in Commonwealth funding over seven years. This funding is supplemented by contributions from industry, university and government agency Participants.

Build Outstanding Talent

Build Outstanding Talent:

We build Australia’s cyber security capability and capacity by developing the next generation of talent.

Develop research 
with impact

Develop research with impact:

We drive collaboration between industry, governments and academia to generate relevant research that solves real-world problems.

Be an independent voice for cyber security

Be an independent voice for cyber security:

We are recognised as a source of trusted advice regarding cyber security, helping demystify complex issues.

Multiply the impact of our work by operating effectively

Multiply the impact of our work by operating effectively:

We aim to meet and 
exceed the expectations 
of Participants and the Commonwealth and be a responsible steward of resources.

Our Board

The Hon Kate Lundy

Acting Chair and Independent, Non-Executive Director

Rachael Falk

BA, LLB(Hons), MNatSecPol (Adv)(Hons) MAICD
Chief Executive Officer

David Irvine

Independent, Non-Executive Director

Jennifer Westacott AO

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

Anne Templeman-Jones

Independent, Non-Executive Director

John Green

FAICD, Sf Finsia
Independent, Non-Executive Director

Professor Julie Owens

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Alfred Deakin Professor, Deakin University

Abigail Bradshaw

Head Australian Cyber Security Centre Australian Signals Directorate

Eddie Sheehy

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

Dr Jon Whittle

Director, CSIRO’s Data61
Non-Independent Director (ex-officio)

Our Team

Rachel Falk

Rachael Falk

CEO Cyber Security CRC

Helge Janicke

Professor Helge Janicke

Research Director

Anne-Louise Brown

Anne-Louise Brown

Director of Corporate Affairs

Ben Sorensen

Ben Sorensen

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Stephenie Andal

Dr Stephenie Andal

Head of Strategic Policy

Kerrie Jackson

Dr Kerrie Jackson

Business Development Manager

Amber Austin-Wright

Amber Austin-Wright

Communications Manager

Surya Nepal

Dr Surya Nepal

Deputy Research Director

Amanda Walker

Amanda Walker

Business Manager

Our Participants

Charles Sturt University Australia
Edith Cowan Unievrsity
UNSW Australia
Queensland University of Technology
University of Adelaide
Deakin University
CSIRO Data61
Australian Cyber Security Centre
Quintessence Labs
Australian Signals DIrectorate
TATA Consultancy Services
Australia's Academic and Research Network
National Australia Bank
Australian Federal Police
NSW Government
Government of Western Australia
Defence South Australia
Department of Home Affairs