Sunshine Coast Regional Council is now home to the Critical Infrastructure – Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (CI-ISAC), which features some of the nation’s best and brightest minds in the cyber crime and threat intelligence sector.

Under the guidance of CI-ISAC’s Chief Executive Officer, David Sandell, the not-for-profit industry-based organisation provides comprehensive information and analysis advice to assist its membership base protect Australia’s most critical infrastructure.

The membership will be drawn from eleven key industry sectors representing almost 11,000 entities that include everything from banking, water and power grids to supermarkets and mining.

Mr Sandell said the Sunshine Coast had been steadily building its credentials in the cyber and tech space and this had not gone unnoticed for an organisation that is focused on addressing digital defence-in-depth across Australia’s ICT networks.

“Assets that Sunshine Coast Council has been building alone or in partnership over the years were all key drivers to locate such an important organisation to a regional location,” Mr Sandell said.

“No one else in regional Australia has the assets we need, including the fastest fibre cable to Asia, diversity of data path to Sydney, a fully fibre-enabled city centre and a new international runway with rapidly growing regional aviation connections.

“The local university and TAFE are doing some great things to develop the skilled workforce we need and the future on the Sunshine Coast looks bright.”

The new organisation is being led by some of Australia’s best, brightest, and most experienced in the field of threat intelligence and response.

Chair of the CI-ISAC Board is Steve Beaumont, who previously served as Director-General of Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Electronic Warfare and Cyber with the Australian Department of Defence.

Also playing a key role in the organisation is Dr Gary Waters, who has worked in the defence and national security space for more than five decades

Sunshine Coast Council Acting Mayor, Rick Baberowski, welcomed the news that CI-ISAC would be calling the Sunshine Coast home, joining our emerging tech ecosystem that already includes key corporate players like Next DC, and industry leading bodies such as the Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance.

Cr Baberowski congratulated board members and founders, Scott Flower and David Sandell, on their decision to create a base and invest on the Sunshine Coast with such an important initiative designed to combat the acceleration in cyber-threats.

“A significant part of Australia’s critical infrastructure is owned or managed by local governments, and I encourage all 537 Australian local governments to consider the considerable value in becoming a community of cyber defenders,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The concept is clear-cut. If we act together and share cyber threat intelligence, we can only get better at pre-empting attacks, while contributing to defending Australia’s data highway and all of the sensitive and personal data public services and businesses collect.

“We are proud that the Sunshine Coast will host and participate in an important new sector to develop solutions that can benefit all Australians.”

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