NEC Corporation, together with Australian ICT services and solutions company, NEC Australia, has revealed plans to establish a $4.38 million Global Security Intel Centre (GSIC) in Adelaide to address the growing global demand for cybersecurity.
This new Global Security Intel Centre (GSIC) in Adelaide will be home to the South Australian Government’s Smart City initiative. The GSIC facility will aim to ensure that cybersecurity enables the adoption of new, more efficient business models that translate into new opportunities.
The facility builds on NEC Australia's recently announced memorandum of understanding with the University of Adelaide’s Smart City initiative, under which the organisations will collaborate closely on research and development.
The centre will ALSO create 50 new jobs in South Australia over the next five years, making the state a more attractive destination for ICT skills that are in high demand by organisations operating in South Australia, and newer entrants that have established themselves in the state.
The South Australian Government has welcomed the investment as a major boost to the state’s ICT capabilities, in particular in the cybersecurity domain.
South Australian minister for investment and trade, Martin Hamilton-Smith, said NEC’s investment will help South Australia achieve global prominence in the cybersecurity field, and complement the Smart City initiatives already underway in Adelaide.
“Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing sector, and is attracting increasing attention and investment. Governments and businesses alike need innovative products and services to protect them from increasingly sophisticated threats to privacy and security.
“It also means the creation of highly-specialised jobs in an area that will be transformational for the local economy,” he said.
According to Hamilton-Smith, Adelaide has quickly become a destination of choice for companies in the technology and creative industries space.
“We offer a vast talent pool through the three local universities and a competitive business environment that ensures tech companies can grow and thrive in South Australia.”
NEC Australia chief operating officer, Mike Barber, said the facility will complement NEC’s investments in cybersecurity-focused facilities located globally, including Japan and Singapore.
“South Australia is providing NEC with a great base to bring new technologies into Australia. Adelaide is a recognised hub for new technologies and we’ve worked with a lot of local partners with great intellectual property delivering innovative technical solutions.
“This isn’t just about the creation of 50 new jobs in South Australia over the next five years - this is a major global investment in a growth sector. We see the cybersecurity demand in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region as a huge opportunity aligning with the company’s global vision,” he added.