The ACSC Partnership Program enables a wide range of organisations to engage with the ACSC and fellow partners, drawing on collective understanding, experience, skills and capability to lift cyber resilience across the Australian economy.
The community of ACSC partners includes cyber security professionals across government, industry, academia and the research sector. Bringing together the situational awareness, technical expertise and experience of this community allows the public and private sectors to support and learn from each other, sharing insights and collaborating on shared threats and opportunities.
The ACSC Partnership Program is delivered through the ACSC’s network of Joint Cyber Security Centres (JCSCs), located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
What ACSC partnerships provide
As an ACSC partner you may be provided access to:
- threat intelligence, news and advice to enhance situational awareness
- collaboration opportunities
- resilience-building activities (e.g. exercises, discussions, workshops)
- the JCSC network.
Further information on each of these services is provided below.
Threat intelligence and enhanced situational awareness
The ACSC constantly monitors cyber security threats from a range of local and global sources, including through government and business computer emergency response teams (CERTs) around the world.
As a partner, you will have access to threat intelligence consisting of context-rich, actionable and timely information in a variety of formats, including alerts and advisories, and automated indicator sharing.
Alerts and advisories vary in content however we aim to provide context-rich, actionable and timely information in a variety of formats, including advisories and indicators of compromise (IoCs).
Additionally, ACSC partners share threat intelligence and situational awareness derived from their own networks, allowing organisations to develop a more complete picture of the threat environment.
The ACSC Partnership Program allows partners to identify and work to mitigate shared challenges, and collaborate on shared opportunities. Partners can engage with fellow cyber security professionals on a broad range of cyber security issues, through presentations, workshops, training sessions and information exchanges.
Opportunities are provided for partners to engage in forums dedicated to particular sectors or technologies, or in broader cross-sectoral forums on issues such as supply chains, incident response and cyber security awareness.
Partners can also engage with the national network of ACSC partners through the ACSC’s online communications platforms.
Partners can access a wide range of resilience-building activities and materials through the ACSC Partnership Program, provided by both the ACSC and other partners. Resources include dedicated workshops and training sessions on incident response, exercise planning and conduct, and specific technical topics.
The JCSC network
The ACSC has a network of Joint Cyber Security Centres (JCSCs), located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, which partners can access. The JCSCs provide a forum for businesses, government and other stakeholders to easily access and share cyber security information and expertise. The JCSCs create a trusted, neutral environment, driving collaboration and information-sharing on joint cyber-security challenges and opportunities, and propagating this across all sectors.
The JCSCs’ primary mission is to deliver the ACSC Partnership Program and drive closer collaboration between government, industry, academia and the research community. The JCSCs also support other ACSC programs, including the National Exercise Program and support to small and medium enterprises and the community.
For more information visit the Joint Cyber Security Centres page
Who can be an ACSC partner?
The ACSC Partnership Program is available to a range of organisations across the Australian economy. Generally, partnership is available to organisations with responsibility for the security of a network or networks (either your own or on behalf of customers), and academic, research and not-for-profit institutions with an active interest and expertise in cyber security.
Other organisations with an interest and expertise in cyber security – such as cyber security vendors or consultants – may also be eligible to join the program. The ACSC Partnership Program is a non-commercial space and vendors are expected to contribute to the program on a not-for-profit basis.
To join as a partner, you must sign a confidentiality deed which sets out the protocols for sharing and protecting information within the program.
If you are not sure whether you meet the eligibility criteria but are interested in learning more about the program, please contact us using the form below.
The following organisations are eligible to become ACSC partners:
- Registered businesses with an Australian Business Number (ABN) who maintain IT security personnel in Australia and are able to act on operational cyber security or operational technology information.
- Government agencies (federal, state or territory) with a defined role, or key interest in, Australia's cyber security arrangements.
- Security vendors or consulting firms that sell cyber security products or services, and are willing to contribute their cyber security capabilities to the JCSC program on a not-for-profit basis.
- Academic, research or not-for-profit institutions with demonstrated interest and expertise in cyber security.
If the ACSC, acting reasonably, believes that an applicant poses a threat to the security or integrity of the ACSC program, that applicant may have their application refused or they may be granted restricted access to parts of the ACSC program.
Government agencies can complete the ACSC partner form via the Government page.
Non-government organisations can complete the form below to enquire about becoming an ACSC partner.