Australian Cyber Security Centre
|Formed||27 November 2014|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
|Headquarters||Ben Chifley Building, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia|
|Parent agency||Australian Signals Directorate|
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is the Australian Government lead agency for cybersecurity. The ACSC is part of the Australian Signals Directorate and based at the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation headquarters in the Ben Chifley Building. The Centre is overseen by the Cyber Security Operations Board, and is the joint responsibility of the Minister for Defence.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre was established in 2014 replacing the Cyber Security Operations Centre also housed by the Australian Signals Directorate. In line with the recommendations of the 2017 Independent Review of the Australian Intelligence Community led by Michael L'Estrange and Stephen Merchant, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the role of the Australian Cyber Security Centre would be strengthened and that the Prime Minister's Special Adviser on Cyber Security, Alastair MacGibbon, would assume the responsibilities as the Head of the Centre within the Australian Signals Directorate which was established as a statutory agency.
Role and responsibilities
The role of the Australian Cyber Security Centre is to:
- lead the Australian Government’s operational response to cyber security incidents
- organise national cyber security operations and resources
- encourage and receive reporting of cyber security incidents
- raise awareness of the level of cyber threats to Australia
- study and investigate cyber threats.
The ASCS integrates the national security cyber capabilities across the Australian Signals Directorate cyber security mission, cyber security experts from the Digital Transformation Agency, the Defence Intelligence Organisation strategic intelligence analysts, the Computer Emergency Response Team, the Cyber Security Policy Division of the Department of Home Affairs, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation cyber and telecommunications specialists, Australian Federal Police cyber crime investigators, and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission cyber crime threat intelligence specialists. The Centre is also a hub for collaboration and information sharing with the private sector and critical infrastructure providers, state and territory governments, academia and international partners.
Head of the Centre
The Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre is a concurrent Deputy Director-General of the Australian Signals Directorate. The Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet was previously dual-hatted as the Head of the Centre. The Special Adviser then became the National Cyber Coordinator within the Department of Home Affairs.
- 2017 Independent Review of the Australian Intelligence Community Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
- "A Strong and Secure Australia". Prime Minister of Australia. 18 July 2017. Archived from the original on 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "National security reform announcement press conference". Prime Minister of Australia. 18 July 2017. Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
-  Australian Cyber Security Centre
-  Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Cyber Security Strategy