Australia should adopt a big-science approach to its cybersecurity research, according to Dr Jackie Craig, chief of the Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division of the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), Australia's equivalent to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).By big science, Craig means blue-sky projects with "audacious" goals, along the lines of CERN's attempts to detect the Higgs boson and gravity waves."There's two really important things about big science. One is that big science has actually given birth to many many many practical inventions along the way," Craig told last week's Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference in Canberra. Latest Australian news Australian government announces 5G working group members Australian government's recklessness with medical data is symptom of deeper problems Turnbull unveils new tech ministers in Cabinet reshuffle ACCC kicks off NBN wholesale service levels inquiry Re-identification possible … [Read more...] about A ‘big science’ approach for Australian cybersecurity research?
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Data61 and the Australian government's Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) have partnered to build a Cross-Domain Desktop Compositor (CDDC), a single interface powered by Data61's seL4 microkernel operating system that gives users access to multiple computer networks.Currently, government and Department of Defence staff use multiple segregated computer networks to maintain and protect classified data. The CDDC is expected to fix the existing process, with Data61 noting existing market solutions provide a trade-off between security and usability. "Those that favour usability over security are generally vulnerable to cyber-attacks, resulting in leakage of secret data from one network to another," the CSIRO's innovation arm said in a statement. "In contrast, those that favour security over usability prohibit simultaneous access to data from multiple domains on the same screen."Data61's seL4 microkernel operating system is also used in autonomous helicopters and trucks, as well as … [Read more...] about Data61, Defence partner for seL4 microkernel-based network access tool
While calling for the Australian Parliament to avoid being a forum of fearmongering, Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has issued a warning on the use of 3D printers, bomb-making instructions being available on the internet, and cyber attacks."We live in an era where disruptive technologies present genuine threats to our national security," Shorten told Parliament on Tuesday afternoon in his National Security Statement reply.Shorten warned of individuals and organisations that were embracing inexpensive technology to conduct nefarious activities."Countering the rapid adoption of emerging low-cost technologies, such as drones and cyber attacks, will be increasingly important," he said. Latest Australian news Australian government announces 5G working group members Australian government's recklessness with medical data is symptom of deeper problems Turnbull unveils new tech ministers in Cabinet reshuffle ACCC kicks off NBN wholesale service levels inquiry … [Read more...] about Shorten labels disruptive technologies as genuine national security threats
The Department of Defence's Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) is seeking a high performance supercomputer to support aerodynamic simulation.The DST Group said it expects to purchase a high performance computer cluster, including a data storage solution, which will execute its Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. Latest Australian news Australian government announces 5G working group members Australian government's recklessness with medical data is symptom of deeper problems Turnbull unveils new tech ministers in Cabinet reshuffle ACCC kicks off NBN wholesale service levels inquiry Re-identification possible with Australian de-identified Medicare and PBS open data As part of the tender, the department has requested Linux-compatible software, and either 64-bit CentOS 6 or Redhat 6 operating systems; the compute nodes must be homogeneous and x86-64 processors must be used within each compute node. The tender added that the standard non-turbo frequency … [Read more...] about Defence tenders for aerodynamic simulation supercomputer
The Australian Department of Defence has announced that it will be investing AU$14.2 million in seven organisations to help with the development of new defence technology capabilities.The seven companies that will receive the funding include Armor Composite Engineering, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Micro-X Ocius Technology, University of Canberra, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), and Deakin University. The seven organisations were selected out of a total of 96 proposals that were received by the federal government as part of funding round 19 of the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) program. Managed by the Defence Science and Technology Group, the CTD program was established in 1997 to encourage Australian research and development organisations to submit new technology concepts that could potentially be used to enhance Defence's capabilities. Latest Australian news Australian government announces 5G working group members … [Read more...] about Department of Defence’s AU$14m investment to help CSIRO, BOM