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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Cyber security lands new Bathurst base

The NSW Government has announced a Cyber Security Vulnerability Management Centre will be established in Bathurst and operated by Cyber Security NSW.

Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello said the centre was an important step toward strengthening the NSW Government’s cyber security capabilities.

“The Cyber Security Vulnerability Management Centre will provide the NSW Government with an increased awareness of vulnerabilities in internet-facing services and assets,” Mr Dominello said.

“It will deliver a vital, sector-wide risk management capability and is critical to ensuring enhanced monitoring of at-risk government systems, as well as early identification and remediation of known vulnerabilities.

“Early detection of vulnerabilities and the ability to report them to the relevant agencies and departments is essential to improving our cyber security.”

Mr Dominello said the Centre will become operational in July and will provide a significant boost to regional development and employment.

Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole said the new centre will create eight local jobs and also bring skilled workers to the region to further promote cyber employment opportunities in regional NSW.

“The NSW Government is committed to expanding cyber security knowledge and capability across regional areas that simultaneously provides increased assurance for NSW’s digital services,” Mr Toole said.

“With many people working remotely or in isolation during the evolving Coronavirus situation, there’s never been a more important time to prioritise cyber security, and this new centre in our own backyard is only just the start.”

The Vulnerability Management Centre will provide on-going and automated vulnerability scanning across Departments and Agencies, and as capability develops, other services will be introduced.

The Centre will also see Cyber Security NSW work in partnership with UpGuard, an Australian cybersecurity start-up, to provide the NSW Government with greater capabilities to detect and manage internet-facing vulnerabilities and data breaches.

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