OzTech: Secure internet policy revision; Cybersecurity spend rise continues; Machine learning and Mars meteorites; New IBM innovation centre

Australian Government Updates Secure Internet Gateway Policy

The Australian federal government is updating its Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) policy to be consistent with and support the implementation of cyberhubs. The effort will be spearheaded by the Agency for Digital Transformation with the help of the Australian Cyber ​​Security Center of the Australian Directorate of Signals (ACSC).

The Cyberhubs will centralize the management and operations of the agencies to strengthen the defenses of the government networks. A 12-month pilot was started in July 2021 by the Department of the Interior and the Australian Department of Defense and Services. Both departments are responsible for the design and implementation of their hubs to test core services.

The plan is that cyberhubs will provide cybersecurity services, including GIS services to non-corporate Commonwealth entities.

The GIS policy will be updated to help Commonwealth entities easily adopt new technologies and capabilities. This policy also represents the end of ASD certification for commercial and government GIS.

Business growth in cybersecurity spending will continue through 2025

Australian business spending on cybersecurity is expected to reach $ 4.7 billion by 2025, according to research firm GlobalData, which expects 6.7% annual growth. Key drivers of this growth include investments in enterprise-managed security services, growing demand for identity and access management, security intelligence, and endpoint security and management platforms.

One reason for the more immediate investment is the increased use of mobile devices for people who work from home. In the long term, more sophisticated attacks will be the reasons behind the growing investment in cybersecurity.

Spending on security software will see the fastest growth with 6.5% annual growth expected through 2025, GlobalData said. This will be the result of the growing demand for identity and access management, endpoint security, and security intelligence and management tools.

The lack of trained professionals will lead to increased spending on managed security services, which will be the majority of overall enterprise security spending, GlobalData said.

Machine learning used to find Martian meteorites

Researchers at Curtin University used a machine learning algorithm that analyzes high-resolution planetary images to identify the probable origin of a group of meteorites originating from Mars.

The researchers were able to compile a database of 90 million impact craters using the algorithm, which helped them find the potential launch position of the meteorites, likely Tooting Crater.

The algorithm can be retrained to perform automated digital mapping of any celestial body. Lead researcher Anthony Lagain said this could be applied to Earth to help with the management of agriculture, the environment, and potential natural disasters.

IBM will open an innovation center and create 300 jobs

IBM has announced an IBM Client Innovation Center to be located in Bathurst, New South Wales. The center is expected to create 300 jobs and provide support to clients in data science, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and hybrid cloud.

A partnership with Charles Sturt University will see scholarships and work experience offered to its students at the center. IBM will also assist in the creation of courses, focused on the intersection of technology and business transformation for innovation.

IBM has a 25-year partnership with Federation University in the Victoria region, which is similar to the recently announced one with Charles Sturt University. An economic impact report by the Western Research Institute found that the association contributed $ 629 million in economic value to Victoria’s economy in 2018-2019 and that IBM’s presence delivered $ 124 million to the state’s gross product, plus 711 jobs and $ 62 million in family income.

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