ECU appoints Ian Martinus to lead WA AustCyber Node at Joondalup campus

Ian Martinus.
Ian Martinus.

EDITH Cowan University has appointed Ian Martinus to lead the university’s industry engagement efforts in the cyber security sector.

Dr Martinus will lead the WA AustCyber Node at the Joondalup Innovation Hub on ECU’s Campus.

The node’s main goals include job growth in the cyber security industry and collaborative opportunities between universities, government and the private sector.

It complements ECU’s existing expertise in cyber security education and research and will focus on critical infrastructure protection and management, cybercrime and big data.

“Dr Martinus brings significant global experience in dealing with emerging companies and their unique intellectual property,” ECU School of Science executive dean Professor Andrew Woodward said.

“He brings a broad-based skill set that can connect industry to education and assist public-private relationships and initiatives.”

Dr Martinus said he was excited to take on the new role, which included implementing the strategic vision of the sector competitiveness plan for the cyber security industry and to work closely with counterparts around Australia.

He has experience in the private and government sector including land development, economic development and corporate strategic ventures in the US, Asia and the Middle East.

His role will ensure that micro and small-to-medium companies involved with industries such as mining, oil and gas, agriculture and infrastructure understand their role in the supply chain of secure data transfer.

The State Government established the Joondalup Innovation Hub and allocated $800,000 from its New Industries Fund to establish the WA AustCyber Node with ECU and AustCyber.

The WA node also works closely with the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

AustCyber has launched ‘AustCyber Sessions’ where businesses can meet face-to-face with experts on a range of topics, including technology trends, export opportunities, funding options and business growth strategies.

For more information, visit www.newindustries.wa.gov.au