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A call to action for all cyber experts

26 July 2018

Defence is seeking applications from the cyber community across Australia to develop cyber solutions of high relevance to the country's national security.

Applications close 15 August.

Cyber is a priority theme of the Next Generation Technologies Fund, aimed at realising the potential game changing cyber capabilities afforded by research and development in Australia. Defence recognises the need to respond to this technology opportunity, and that technological advances in the cyber domain are likely to lead to the introduction of new capabilities in our region.

Defence is seeking to leverage the vibrant cyber science, technology and innovation capability across Australia to develop technology solutions of high relevance to the country's national security. Through partnerships with Data61, academia and industry, Defence aims to understand the potential of cyber technologies, create prototype systems, and demonstrate the practical application of systems to Defence problems.

One of the goals of cyber technologies research is to inform Defence of the potential benefits and practical limitations of cyber technologies through studies and demonstrator systems within a three to five-year timeframe.

DST is seeking submissions from academia, and other research agencies, detailing how they propose to contribute to research in the following areas:

  • Trustworthy Machine Learning
  • Symbolic Execution for Rapid Threat Analysis
  • Formal verification of Network Control Protocols
  • Data Security and Privacy of Inference Models
  • Detecting and Analysing Vulnerabilities in Concurrent Software
  • Resilient Cyber Systems
  • Depicting human vulnerabilities towards cyber threats via trust analytics
  • Privacy-Preserving distributed Edge Computing
  • Policy-Defined Networking
  • SDN Data Plane Security and extensions to Software Defined Clouds
  • Formal Mathematical Modelling Environment
  • FPGA Security
  • Assisted System Decomposition for Vulnerability Assessment
  • Cyber-Enabled Information Warfare

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Alignment to Defence strategy and the project priorities articulated in this document
  • Future science criticality
  • Collaboration depth (e.g. Collaboration with DST staff, Data61 staff, other universities, an industry partner, etc.)
  • Delivery of outcomes (e.g. the ability of the proposal to deliver the agreed outcomes and milestones).
  • Game changing potential to Defence

For more informaiton visit the Next Generation Technologies Fund - Cyber page.