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SA | Lot Fourteen: new space, innovation, defence and cybersecurity precinct

The Lot Fourteen innovation neighbourhood will be the home for the support of the relocation of international companies to South Australia.

The Lot Fourteen innovation neighbourhood is in the heart of Adelaide and will also be home to the Australian Space Agency, Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre and the Defence and Space Landing Pad, which will support the relocation of international companies to South Australia.

Since French shipbuilder Naval Group won the contract to design and build 12 Attack Class submarines for the Australian Navy, a number of French companies are setting up in Adelaide, like Squad, the French Cyber Tech company.

South Australia is pivotal in Australia’s AU$90 billion plan to regenerate the Royal Australian Navy with new submarines, frigates and offshore patrol vessels. The Attack class submarines will be built at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, which is undergoing a $500 million upgrade.

The AU$8.9 million Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre will support startups, scale-ups and existing businesses to launch new products and services into global markets.

The South Australian state government has signed memorandum of understandings with national security agencies and universities as well as Optus, Symantec and Dtex Systems.

A report by Australia’s CSIRO scientific research organisation found that Australia’s small cybersecurity industry is expected to grow from around 20,000 workers today to 31,600 by 2026 and triple its revenue to $6 billion.

The report also states that

“the majority of Australian organisations currently lack the capacity to employ large internal cyber security teams.”

The Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre has been designed to tap into the need for more cyber security experts to take advantage of the growing revenue.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said the Squad’s decision to move to Adelaide was an endorsement of the state’s burgeoning defence, space and cyber sectors.

Lot Fourteen, a former hospital site, is home to many of South Australia’s space industry startups and will also soon host the Australian Institute for Machine Learning.

The Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre will include a Cyber Launchpad, made up of a Cyber Academy and Cyber Test Range. The Cyber Academy will train all levels of the cyber workforce, raise awareness in high schools, and provide formal training at the technical, professional and C-suite level.

The Cyber Test Range will allow organisations to carry out security testing of equipment or network configurations. It will also provide a mix of internet facing and isolated networks for local cyber startups to showcase their tools to their fullest in a safe environment.

Sources: The Lead

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