Cyber is a priority theme of the Next Generation Technologies Fund, aimed at realising the potential game-changing cyber capabilities afforded by research and development in Australia. Defence recognises the need to respond to this technology opportunity, and that technological advances in the cyber domain are likely to lead to the introduction of new capabilities in our region.

Defence is seeking to leverage the vibrant cyberscience, technology and innovation capability across Australia to develop technology solutions of high relevance to the country’s national security. Through partnerships with Data61, academia and industry, Defence aims to understand the potential of cyber technologies, create prototype systems, and demonstrate the practical application of systems to Defence problems.

One of the goals of cyber technologies research is to inform Defence of the potential benefits and practical limitations of cyber technologies through studies and demonstrator systems within a three to five-year timeframe.

DST is seeking submissions from academia, and other research agencies, detailing how they propose to contribute to research in the following areas:

Trustworthy Machine Learning
Symbolic Execution for Rapid Threat Analysis
Formal verification of Network Control Protocols
Data Security and Privacy of Inference Models
Detecting and Analysing Vulnerabilities in Concurrent Software
Resilient Cyber Systems
Depicting human vulnerabilities towards cyber threats via trust analytics
Privacy-Preserving distributed Edge Computing
Policy-Defined Networking
SDN Data Plane Security and extensions to Software Defined Clouds
Formal Mathematical Modelling Environment
FPGA Security
Assisted System Decomposition for Vulnerability Assessment
Cyber-Enabled Information Warfare
Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

Alignment to Defence strategy and the project priorities articulated in this document
Future science criticality
Collaboration depth (e.g. Collaboration with DST staff, Data61 staff, other universities, an industry partner, etc.)
Delivery of outcomes (e.g. the ability of the proposal to deliver the agreed outcomes and milestones). Game-changing potential to Defence