WA Office of Digital Government to run new Cyber Security Operations Centre

By Shannon Jenkins

September 30, 2020


The Western Australian government has allocated $1.8 million in the upcoming state budget to establish a new whole-of-government Cyber Security Operations Centre.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet’s Office of Digital Government will run the new centre, which innovation and ICT minister Dave Kelly has described as “the first of its kind in Australia”.

“During COVID-19 we’ve seen a rise in malicious cyber activity in terms of frequency, scale and sophistication,” he said on Tuesday.

“The new operations centre will provide unprecedented visibility of threats against agencies’ networks, as well as improve the state government’s ability to coordinate and respond to cyber security threats against our systems.”

It follows the New South Wales government’s recent establishment of a Cyber Security Vulnerability Management Centre in Bathurst, which began operating in July.

Read more: NSW government to ‘quadruple’ size of cyber security workforce

Existing efforts to improve cyber security resilience across government will be supported by the new hub, including the Office of Digital Government’s cyber security team.

TAFE and university students participating in the Office’s work integrated learning program will also be offered further work and training avenues through the new centre.

Applications for the recruitment of a “whole‑of‑government pool of cyber security experts” have opened, with successful applicants to join either the Cyber Security Operations Centre team, a team within the Office of Digital Government’s cyber security unit, or in other government agencies.

Earlier this year the WA Department of Health was hacked using a third-party pager service, prompting the Office of Digital Government to investigate whether breaches have been occurring across other areas of the state government.

Read more: Teenager allegedly behind WA Health breach


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