A new facility billed as a first-of-its-kind secure collaborative research and innovation facility at the forefront of cybersecurity, data protection and defence technology has opened at he University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
NSW Premier Chris Minns officially opened the UTS Vault, a Department of Defence compliant facility which enables collaboration between private sector tenants, academia and government.
Minns said at the opening: “The UTS Vault is a valuable resource that is unique to New South Wales.
“It will strengthen our cybersecurity and defence technology capability, while reducing national sovereign risk and growing the state’s cybersecurity talent pipeline.”
The NSW Government committed $7.285 million to the facility sited at the Tech Central property development precinct aimed at technology businesses – software developer Atlassian plans a 40-storey headquarters building at the precinct.
Tenants using the UTS Vault’s facilities will be able to connect to the highly secure Australian Defence Network if required, and access other general-use facilities at UTS including Tech Lab, ProtoSpace and Rapido.
The World Economic Forum recently reported that the world needs more than three million cybersecurity experts and industry is struggling to fill the gap.
UTS Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Andrew Parfitt said the heightened security offered by the UTS Vault would enable stakeholders to solve problems, innovate, test, and develop cutting-edge technologies while safeguarding critical intellectual property.
“The UTS Vault is a great example of the sort of enabling infrastructure a university can provide…in the race for highly skilled Australian jobs in a diverse range of sectors – defence, cyber, telecommunications to name just a few
“Unlike similar facilities built by private companies, the UTS Vault will benefit a wide range of partners including startups, government departments and other universities.
“The UTS Vault will also provide world leading education and hands-on experience for students and those in industry seeking to re-skill.”
The Tech Central precinct will provide office space for businesses in quantum technology, health, med-tech, bio-tech and the creative industries, as well as co-location with 160,000 students across TAFE and the university sectors.
Picture: Atlassian plans a 40-storey tower at Tech Central
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