The GCSCC has initiated a regional strategy by establishing regional collaboration partnerships with centres of excellence in key locations around the world.
Two collaborations have been established with the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC), Melbourne, funded by the State Government of Victoria, and the Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for Southern Africa (C3SA) which will seek to deploy the CMM in the respective regions. In future, the GCSCC hopes to establish further partnerships in both Asia and Latin America.
Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC), Australia
Based in Melbourne Australia, the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC) is a not-for-profit collaboration of eight Victorian Universities with substantial support from its members and the Victorian Government.
The centre provides a ‘front door’ to collaborative opportunities with over 120+ experts from a broad spectrum of disciplines in the cyber security field, from deep technical computer science, and Engineering expertise to strategy, policy and law.
As a not-for-profit academic research centre, the OCSC is focused on building, sharing and applying knowledge through collaborative research, development, training and capacity building efforts. The OCSC works with local and international partners from industry, government, NGO’s and academic sectors developing cyber security solutions.
In November 2019, in front of an industry audience, the OCSC showcased its first member co-funded Proof of Concept Projects demonstrating the success of the multi member university research centre. This joint venture has enabled project researchers and respective university members to collaborate and progress further with Industry Co-Funded Projects in 2020.
As GCSCC’s “Global Constellation Partner” the OCSC deploys the CMM in the Oceania region. Since starting the CMM programme in 2018, the OCSC has conducted 6 CMM reviews within the Oceania Region with a further 9 scheduled in 2020–2022, forming part of OCSC’s outreach plan and ambition to work with all countries in the region.
Informed by a CMM review, the OCSC is working with the Vanuatu Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), to assess the country’s critical national infrastructure and inform the development of a comprehensive national cyber security strategy. This will be the first cyber security capacity building project following a CMM review in the Oceania region and is a testament to OCSC’s capabilities and the CMM.
Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for Southern Africa (C3SA), South Africa
The Cybersecurity Capacity Centre for Southern Africa (C3SA) is the regional partner in Cape Town, South Africa. C3SA aims to strengthen the region’s competence in fighting cybercrime, to promote women’s participation in cybersecurity research and policy-making, as well as to increase the scale, pace, and quality of cybersecurity capacity-building while contributing to digital inclusion and equality in a safe, rights-based and resilient digital ecosystem.
C3SA was born from the collaboration between the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town, the technology focused thinktank, Research ICT Africa, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and the GCSCC; and it operates from the Department of Information System at the University of Cape Town. The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.