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Minister launches NSC cyberspace program


Communications Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP has launched a new ANU National Security College program on cyberspace and cybersecurity as the world deals with new challenges posed by the Internet and technology.

Malcolm Turnbull at Crawford School

L-R: Vice Chancellor Prof Ian Young, Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Prof Michael L'Estrange

The ANU National Security College (NSC) has brought together a multidisciplinary team of experts from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom to explore the challenges of cyberspace as a new domain, like the domains of land, sea, air and space.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young, AO, welcomed Mr Turnbull to the ANU and told an audience of senior public servants, academics and corporate leaders that cyberspace poses new security challenges.

“Cyber security is a classic example of a modern national security problem,” Professor Young said.

“It transcends borders, it is of fundamental economic importance, it is much about citizens as states, and its challenges are intertwined with the increasing importance of Asia and the Indo-Pacific region.”

Mr Turnbull said the Internet was the most powerful driver of innovation and commerce in human history, but he cautioned governments against trying to set new rules to restrain its reach and impact.

“The Internet has grown without government direction, it has grown across borders and defied, constrained and on occasions toppled tyrants. Its benefits are incalculable,” he said in his speech. “It will not just transform industries and governments, it will change humanity itself.”

“But there are risks and there are threats.

Mr Turnbull said governments should be wary about trying set rules to constrain the Internet.

“This is dangerous ground. Once states start competing for a greater voice, greater control, we are absolutely kidding ourselves if we imagine only those with benign objectives will eventually get it,” he said.

“Maintaining an open, global cyberspace system not dominated by governments is one of the key strategic issues of our time and it is a goal the Australian Government is committed to pursuing.”

The new Strategy & Statecraft In Cyberspace program involves the ANU National Security College (NSC), the Centre for Research in Complex Systems at Charles Sturt University, the  Centre for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University in the United States, the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter in the UK,  the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California and Security Research Institute at Edith Cowan University.

For more information, contact Professor Roger Bradbury, Coordinator of National Security Research at the NSC on 02 6125 6480.

Read more about the program or download the brochure (PDF 600KB)



Updated:  31 March 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College