Applied Research Center for Space, Defense & Cybersecurity in Australia

The MITRE Center for Information Integrity & Defense will enable Australia to tap into applied MITRE research conducted on behalf of the U.S. government to advance Australia’s sovereign capabilities By DA Reporter / 03 Mar 2022
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MITRE is launching its first international applied research center at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide, Australia. The MITRE Center for Information Integrity & Defense will enable Australia to tap into decades of applied MITRE research conducted on behalf of the U.S. government to advance Australia’s sovereign capabilities. 

The center will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2022 and further cements South Australia as the drawcard for space, defense, and cybersecurity in the Asia Pacific region.

“There has never been a more important time for Australia to draw on the expertise of our allies and start building our own capability to defend our people from cyber and non-cyber threats, while also taking advantage of the ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity that cybersecurity provides for our economic growth,” said the Premier of South Australia, The Hon. Steven Marshall. “I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am that MITRE has chosen Lot Fourteen as its international center outside the U.S. This is a big win for our space, defense and cyber ecosystem and a huge win for Australia.”

MITRE initially was attracted to South Australia in 2020 through the formation of the Australian Cyber Collaboration Center (A3C), a purpose-built facility at Lot Fourteen which enables trusted industry, academic, and government organizations to work together in the interests of Australia’s national security. 

MITRE has already partnered with a number of A3C members, including DTEX Systems, a global cyber security company founded in Adelaide, now headquartered in Silicon Valley. As an example of that partnership, under a non-exclusive licensing agreement, MITRE and DTEX have already announced that they will deliver MITRE Inside-R Protect, a set of data-driven, community-oriented service offerings to help industry and government organizations elevate their insider risk programs. The offerings will place behavioral sciences at the forefront of advancing next-generation, human-centric insider risk initiatives built upon MITRE’s 15 years of experience combining behavioral and technical sciences to help organizations more effectively deter, detect, and mitigate rapidly evolving insider threats. The service will be offered to critical infrastructure entities in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand.

MITRE has partnered with the University of Adelaide to secure a top talent pipeline. Planning is already underway for a talent and knowledge-transfer ‘twinning program’ between Adelaide, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC, providing a unique opportunity for talented South Australians to fast-track a career in behavioral science and cybersecurity, alongside the world’s most established experts.

“We’ve been very impressed with the cybersecurity ecosystem building in Australia and particularly impressed with the talent and expertise in Adelaide,” said Julie Bowen, MITRE’s senior vice president for operations and outreach and chief legal officer. “The Australian Cyber Collaboration Center illustrates what’s possible when the right mix of organizations comes together under one trusted roof. The precise curation of motivated and complementary technology organizations, underpinned by a melting pot of talented and motivated expert individuals, makes Lot Fourteen the perfect epicenter for space, defense, and cybersecurity in the Asia Pacific region. We’re super excited to be launching MITRE’s first international center here. I commend Premier Marshall’s vision for Lot Fourteen and the incredible foundation that it provides for Australia’s future generations.”

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