Jackie Craig, director of the Defense Science and Technology Group's Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division, recommends the adoption of a big-science approach to cybersecurity in Australia.
Big science refers to bold projects with audacious goals, and Craig says the benefits of this approach include the likelihood of yielding many practical inventions, as well as supporting a strong outreach initiative that will improve cybersecurity overall.
"Within the cyber area the technical problems are so profound, and so multidisciplinary, that we will have to actually work together as a [science and technology] community to tackle some of those problems," Craig notes.
Many of her recommendations are likely to be included in the Australian government's Cyber Security Strategy to be issued on Thursday.
"We're investing in a mechanism here that connects the researchers, industry, venture capitalists, and governments as well, so that we can coalesce around the research priorities," says Cyber Security Strategy lead developer Sandra Ragg. She says a Cybersecurity Growth Center will commercialize cybersecurity innovations "to set Australia up both as a cybersecurity export industry, but also to help cybersecurity enable all businesses within Australia."
Research areas identified as points of focus for investment include quantum technologies, trusted autonomous systems, and a cyber operations research program.
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