Cluster giant pushes for security

Cluster giant pushes for security

The self-proclaimed largest IT cluster in Australia started a push into the security market last week with the first meeting of its IT Security Group.

The Western Sydney IT Cluster has 175 member companies after 18 months of existence, and is run by the Office of Western Sydney.

The first meeting of the Cluster's IT Security Group attracted about 30 businesses, although the Office was still profiling IT security in the region, emerging technologies manager at the Office, Sumeet Kumar, said.

However, the Group has almost as many members as Queensland's two-year-old e-security cluster. Queensland's cluster had 35 businesses in June, according to the Minister for Innovation and Information, Paul Lucas.

The first meeting of western Sydney's IT Security Group was chaired by Australian IT Security Forum chairman, Chris Joscelyne.

"We're working at the policy level for small business to [help them] get business in the Department of Public Works and Services," Kumar said. "The Cluster gives members access to education resources in government, access to government services like Austrade, as well as other sorts of resources and associations.

"We're also linked with many clusters right around the world so there's a lot of opportunities," he said.

Kumar said the Cluster would also look at forming groups specific to industries that IT serviced, such as healthcare and construction.

The Cluster's second subgroup was formed to capitalise on security's position as the fastest growing sector in the IT industry, according to the Office. The Cluster already has a wireless group.

There are 1500 IT businesss in the western Sydney region, Kumar said.

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