Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre Increases Cyber Resilience Through Connecting Global Organisations with Australian SMEs


The Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) located at South Australia’s global innovation neighbourhood Lot Fourteen, has welcomed 17 members since formally opening its doors on 1 July 2020.

These companies represent a mix of the education, IT, cyber, legal and defence industries. New members include South Australian based organisations Flinders University, CyberOps, Wallmans Lawyers, 11point2, Aizoon, 4th Harmonic Pty Ltd and the School of Information Operations.

The joining of national organisations such as AustCyber, Lockheed Martin Australia and BAE Systems Australia along with interstate members including Retrospect Labs, based in WA, Willyama in ACT, and Splunk in NSW, reinforce the centre’s national capability.

These thirteen members join existing members the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, Dtex and the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre to total 17 members to date for the A3C. The A3C as an independent not-for-profit entity offers a range of services to members. These include best practice, full spectrum cyber courses to quickly increase the supply of skilled workers to the cyber industry.

The A3C Cyber Range is a secure network within the centre which members have access to in order to safely test hardware and software, as well as demonstrate their products and services. Other services include cyber risk advisory services and collaboration opportunities. Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Joe North said Lockheed Martin Australia is looking forward to partnering with the A3C to focus on strengthening cyber resilience in Australia, especially in the national security and defence sectors.

“Organisations across all industries in Australia and the globe are being targeted by cyber threats, and it is important that Australian infrastructure, supply chains and our next-generation workforce are ready to face the growing and persistent cyber threat,” Mr North said.

“The A3C is an excellent organisation to drive innovation and create standards that ensure that Australia is prepared and Lockheed Martin Australia will work with like-minded members of the organisation to meet these challenges.”

Collaboration across the industry ensures training is developed to produce students of a high quality to see them work ready and create jobs.

Vice President and Executive Dean of Flinders University’s College of Science and Engineering, Professor Alistair Rendell, is just one member looking forward to new opportunities for student learning, and ultimately seeing more jobs created within cyber as the industry continues to collaborate. “Flinders University is excited by the opportunity A3C presents to expose our students to real life cyber security challenges particularly through work integrated learning placements with the associated businesses,” Professor Rendell said. 11 September 2020

The Marshall Liberal Government established the A3C with a $10 million investment as the first centre of its kind in Australia with a vision to bring together the education, industry and business sectors. The A3C champions collaboration, innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise. As interest continues to grow from interstate and overseas, the A3C new members are set to continue the collaboration of the cyber community nationally and further cement South Australia as the leader in cyber security.

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said “The A3C is a boon for South Australian and Australian cyber capability. With cybersecurity one of the greatest challenges facing the global economy, it is vital we partner with industry, to ensure businesses have cyber awareness, resilience and the capability to withstand attacks and participate in the global economy.”

The Centre continues to seek new partnerships and collaboration to solve global cyber challenges and create opportunities.

Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) new members:

  • Flinders University: a leading international university in Australia with a record of excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and community engagement.
  • Lockheed Martin: headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
  • Willyama: a 100% Aboriginal owned IT and cybersecurity professional services company.
  • Retrospect Labs: a specialist information security company focused on helping companies improve their security posture and resilience through realistic exercises.
  • School of Information Operations: a collaboration between DEWC T&E and Leonardo delivers relevant training and education to the Australian Defence organisation and its clients through the School of Information Operations.
  • Wallman Lawyers: an Adelaide-based full service commercial law practice, committed to providing clients with strategic legal advice and solutions to ensure their objectives are achieved.
  • 11point2: establishing a CoLab at Lot Fourteen which is a Collaborative Entrepreneurial Innovation capability that helps industry, government, entrepreneurs, universities, and investors collaborate to understand problems properly and validate ideas that help solve them.
  • BAE Systems: helps customers stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information. BAE Systems also works closely with local partners to support economic development through the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology.
  • Splunk: a software company that produces software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data via a web-style interface.
  • Aizoon: Cyber security & IT consulting company, headquartered in Italy. Has proprietary cyber security software, delivers training and education services to tertiary sector and industry. Has delivered an initial training pilot for A3C, in partnership with the University of Adelaide.
  • CyberOps: a cybersecurity company that provides GRC, process, architecture, design & testing consulting services
  • 4th Harmonic Pty Ltd: a Consulting and project management company specializing in defence and defence industry.
  • AustCyber: acts as a multiplier and connector to establish Australia as a recognised leader in a rapidly expanding global marketplace.