ACSC – Australian Cyber Security Centre
About the ACSC
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is the Australian Government's lead agency on national cyber security. It brings together cyber security capabilities from across the Australian Government to improve the cyber resilience of the Australian community and support the economic and social prosperity of Australia in the digital age.
What we do
The ACSC drives cyber resilience across the whole of the economy, including critical infrastructure and systems of national interest, federal, state and local governments, small and medium business, academia, the not-for-profit sector and the Australian community.
It is the hub for private and public sector collaboration and information-sharing, to prevent and combat cyber security threats and to minimise harm to all Australians.
More specifically, the ACSC:
- responds to cyber security threats and incidents as Australia’s computer emergency response team (CERT)
- collaborates with the private and public sector to share information on threats and increase resilience
- works with governments, industry and the community to increase awareness of cyber security
- provides information, advice and assistance to all Australians.
The cyber security threat
The internet is where we all conduct our business and social lives. Electronic systems and digital information are essential for business and families, with most Australians using the web to bank, pay bills, buy and sell goods and services, and stay connected.
While this digital age presents enormous opportunity , connectivity comes with exposure to cybercriminal activity.
How we work
The ACSC began operations in 2014. Since then, and as part of the Independent Intelligence Review in 2017, the Australian Government identified the need to provide enhanced cyber security capabilities and a single point of advice and support on cyber security.
On 1 July 2018, the ACSC expanded and formally became part of the Australian Signals Directorate.
The ACSC includes staff from the:
- Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
- Australian Federal Police
- Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
- Australian Signals Directorate
- Defence Intelligence Organisation
Department of Home Affairs Cyber Security Policy Division staff are collocated with ACSC staff to better inform policy advice for government.
The ACSC is based in Canberra but has offices throughout the country as part of the Joint Cyber Security Centre program.
Who has responsibility for the ACSC?
The Head of the ACSC is Alastair MacGibbon, who is also the National Cyber Security Adviser.
Mr MacGibbon has diverse experience in cyber security, both in the public and private sectors. He was Australia's first eSafety Commissioner, worked as a federal agent with the Australian Federal Police, was the founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, a senior director at eBay, and Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra.
- The Director-General ASD leads ASD, including the ACSC.
- The Minister for Defence is responsible for ASD.
- The Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security is responsible for the Australian Government cyber security effort.