Marmion pays visit to ECU’s Security Research Institute


Security Research Institute director Prof Craig Valli and Innovation Minister Bill Marmion.
Security Research Institute director Prof Craig Valli and Innovation Minister Bill Marmion.

ECU Joondalup’s leading Security Research Institute opened its doors to WA Innovation Minister Bill Marmion on Tuesday.

The institute is the leading cyber security research and education facility in Australia, and recognised as one of the best 10 internationally.

Its research output is falls under four areas: cyber security, digital forensics, human security and critical infrastructure security, including SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition systems) for remote operations.

“For WA, cyber security represents a new industry sector that creates high value jobs and export opportunities,” Mr Marmion said.

“ECU continues to be part of growing this high value sector with Australian research and education being translated into commercial value, which is very important for WA and Australia.”

In line with the Federal Government’s focus on cyber security, ECU recently announced an extra $2 million for specialist researchers.

The institute works closely with a range of agencies under the Federal Attorney General’s portfolio as well as state and national law enforcement bodies.

Part of the State Government Security Assessment the institute undertakes for the WA Auditor General is a focus on workplace behaviours.

This work forms the basis of the Auditor General’s annual report to Parliament.

ECU’s cyber security focus aligns with State Government initiatives.