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Government of South Australia - Department of State Development

    South Australia's cyber industry

    Leading the creation and sustainability of our cyber community
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    Cyber security is one of the fastest-growing sectors across the world and will be a huge source of economic growth as our reliance on digital technologies continues to accelerate.

    It is projected that Australia will spend approximately $7.6 billion per year on cyber security by 2024 – a 9 per cent yearly increase from 2020 – and will drive demand for an additional 18,000 cyber security professionals over the next four years.

    Hand-in-hand with this opportunity comes the critical need for robust cyber security proficiency across all sectors of the economy. Cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated and are constantly developing new tactics to breach networks.

    With the AUKUS nuclear-powered submarines set to be built in South Australia, alongside the expansion of the space industry and associated space technologies, the state will be open to increased risk of cyber-attacks.

    Building South Australia’s capability and further developing a robust cyber security industry will strengthen our position as a security partner of choice, attracting investment and providing growth export opportunities.

    The impact of Cyber

    $7.6 billionprojected Australian spend in 2024
    56cyber security businesses in the state
    79%are headquartered in South Australia

    South Australian initiatives in cyber

    Cyber Uplift Step Program (CUSP)

    The CUSP program is an initiative of South Australia's Small Business Strategy 2023 - 2030, delivered by the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre. The program provides accessible and affordable cyber security education to help South Australian businesses take that first (or next step) with confidence.

    Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre

    The Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre assists business to understand and navigate the cyber specialist ecosystem to address their specific cyber needs. It is committed to using its knowledge and expertise to make cyberspace a better and safer place for organisations, corporations, agencies and institutions to do business.
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    SA Cyber Industry Capability Matrix

    DSD is committed to fostering cyber capability development, innovation, and commercialisation across South Australia’s cyber ecosystem.

    This includes cutting-edge startups, research institutions and established companies, all working collaboratively to tackle the ever-evolving cyber challenge.

    Cyber security protects our digital infrastructure across all facets of our personal life and business affairs and underpins the growth of all industries, given the increased rate of businesses harvesting, storing and using data.

    Cyber security is a high economic value sector that has been prioritised for growth in South Australia and nationally.

    The Cyber Industry Capability Matrix contains information about leading South Australian organisations and the areas of cyber security they specialise in, including:

    • Governance and identification
    • Protection
    • Detection and response
    • Cyber research