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In a move to work on global cybersecurity threats, MITRE and the new Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre will partner to detect insider threats in order to protect South Australia’s smart grid.

MITRE has an understanding of cyber adversaries and their tradecraft, which it uses to develop approaches to detect and mitigate attacks that target public and private institutions.

“MITRE has worked to enhance the security and resilience of U.S. critical cyber systems and infrastructure from more than 50 years,” said Gary Gagnon, MITRE’s vice president for cyber strategy and chief security officer. “We look forward to working with South Australia on areas of joint concern where we can make it more difficult and time-consuming for adversaries to attack key critical infrastructures sectors.”

South Australia has been an early adopter of renewable energy sources, with one of the world’s highest rates of rooftop solar per capita anywhere in the world. As smart grids emerge, they need to be protected from potential cyber adversaries. The partnership will focus on garnering an understanding of the smart grid and how to use it to help support energy security into the future.

As Australian businesses and government agencies have become better at stopping cyberattacks, criminals have shifted focus to prey on employees and coerce them to steal information or open backdoors into computer systems.

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“We are excited about a strategic partnership with South Australia as we work to solve problems for a safer world,” said Julie Bowen, MITRE’s senior vice president for strategic engagements and general counsel. “Partnerships enable collaborative defense. Collaborative defense changes the individual homes protected by a single owner into a neighborhood patrolled by a community watch. We don’t simply push the problem to our neighbors but together we engage the adversaries broadly and bring into focus things that are seen through a straw.”

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