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Zuccato leads IBM's new cyber security centre

Zuccato leads IBM's new cyber security centre

Kevin Zuccato will head up the team to help tackle cyber security issues for government and businesses

IBM has revealed its new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) based in Canberra that will be led by Kevin Zuccato.

The new centre aligns with the government’s Cyber Security Strategy, which was launched in April, and it aims to support government and businesses in their cyber security capabilities.

Zuccato has more than 30 years experience in law enforcement, cyber security, national security and intelligence working at the Australian Federal Police and leading the Australian High Tech Crime Centre. He will be responsible for leading a team of cyber security specialists that will develop a strategic and proactive approach.

“To overcome the growing volume and sophistication of cyber attacks, and the global shortage of skilled security professionals, organisations and government need to partner, draw greater insights from data and share information,” Zuccato said.

The NCSC will connect to IBM’s global network of security operations centres which manage 20 billion events per day for more than 3700 clients and provide insight into global threat trends.

It will also provide access to IBM’s security technology such as its X-Force Exchange, which is a platform that provides open access to real-time threat intelligence and have a 24/7 emergency response team.

It will also give users the opportunity to partner with IBM’s existing Security Development Lab on the Gold Coast, where they can access new technologies designed and built for local and global deployment.

“To capitalise on digital innovation, we must ensure our digital infrastructure is secure and continuously evolving to stay ahead of today’s highly organised cyber criminals,” IBM A/NZ managing director, Kerry Purcell, said. “With the establishment of the IBM National Cyber Security Centre in Canberra we will provide a destination for government and organisations to proactively collaborate on strategy and policy. The NCSC will drive a culture of innovation and openness.”

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