A strike team of cyber security specialists will be employed in the heart of Melbourne to safeguard Australia’s new broadband network.
In a much-needed coup for Premier Daniel Andrews, the state and federal governments will announce on Sunday that up to 700 jobs will be created over five years as the Commonwealth ramps up one of its most important digital infrastructure projects: the National Broadband Network.
Under the plan, Docklands will become the home of the NBN’s new Cyber Security Operations Centre – a frontline unit dedicated to protecting it from cyber attack.
“In coming years, millions of Australians will be reliant on the NBN so it is vital that this important infrastructure is protected at all times,” Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said.
“Highly skilled technical specialists will be employed at the new 24-hour facility and additional roles will be created in specialised ICT and engineering as well as technical support and administration.”
The jobs announcement is a win for the Andrews government, which has come under pressure in recent weeks over its ambitious pledge to create 100,000 new-full time positions within two years – a promise that insiders admit will be difficult to deliver.
It is understood the state spent about $3.5 million to secure the deal, part of which involves providing NBN with incentive payments to ensure that some of its jobs would be established in Victoria.
As part of the decision, about 400 jobs will be created over two years through the new centre, while a further 300 would be generated in subsequent years through construction, maintenance and technical support roles.
“This decision by NBN is a big vote of confidence for Victoria’s high-skill workforce and reinforces our reputation as Australia’s tech hub,” said the state’s Small Business Minister Philip Dalidakis.
“NBN cyber unit is the first line of defence against cyber threats to the network and their investment in Victoria to house the central unit is a huge vote of confidence for our expert information communication capabilities to help safeguard Australia’s digital future.”
The rollout of the NBN has ramped up in Victoria with the start of fibre-to-the-node construction, which will be rolled out across 2.5 million Victoria homes and businesses over the next three years. The network is expected to be completed by 2020.
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