Cyber Cooperation Program
Meet our partners
The success of the Cyber Cooperation Program is based on its strong partnerships model — industry, academia, civil society, Australian Government agencies and other like-minded donors — partnering with Indo-Pacific countries to combine knowledge and resources to advance and protect our collective interests in cyberspace.
Partnering with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) to strengthen Samoa’s cybercrime and cybersecurity capabilities.
The Cyber Cooperation Program is assisting MCIT with cyber security training and public awareness and online safety campaigns. It is also supporting OAG with the review and reform of Samoa’s cybercrime legislation to align with the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.
This partnership supports Australia’s objectives of stronger cybercrime prevention, prosecution and cooperation as well as a strong and resilient cyber security posture.
Working with the Solomon Islands Government ICT Support Unit (ICTSU) to support enhancement of the Security Operations Centre.
The Cyber Cooperation Program is assisting ICTSU build operational and technical capacity and strengthening collaboration through cyber security information sharing. Together, Australia and the Solomon Islands are working towards a strong and resilient cyber security posture in the Pacific.
The ICTSU is the central point within the Solomon Islands Government for ICT advice and services.
Working directly with the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) to support the development of the Tonga Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).
The Cyber Cooperation Program is assisting to strengthen operational and technical capacity of CERT Tonga and raise cyber security awareness in the local community. This partnership supports Australia’s objective of building capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.
CERT Tonga is the national computer emergency response team of Tonga. The CERT is part of MEIDECC and provides advice and support on cyber threats and vulnerabilities to the owners and operators of Tongan critical infrastructure and other systems of national interest.
Partnering with the Vanuatu Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) to strengthen cyber incident response capability of CERT Vanuatu and build cyber awareness in the community.
CERT Vanuatu is the central cyber security information and incident response hub for Vanuatu. Together, Australia and Vanuatu are working towards a strong and resilient cyber security posture in the Pacific.
Partnering with the Attorney-General's Department to build legislative capacity across the Pacific.
This partnership supports Australia’s objective of stronger cybercrime prevention, prosecution and cooperation by working directly with Pacific governments on these important issues.
Partnering with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to deliver cybercrime investigative and awareness raising training through Cyber Safety Pasifika and Cyber Safety Asia programs.
Cyber Safety Pasifika is an initiative of the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) forum and operates across 14 countries in the region. It works with national police bodies to support their delivery of cyber safety training and awareness raising in their local communities.
Cyber Safety Asia delivers training, mentoring and coaching activities to South East Asian states designed to enhance knowledge and awareness amongst police and the community on cybercrime and online safety; enhance capability in cybercrime detection, investigation and prosecution; and bolster regional cooperation on cybercrime investigations.
This partnership supports Australia’s objective of stronger cybercrime prevention, prosecution and cooperation across the Indo-Pacific.
Partnering with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to deliver activities in the ASEAN region which promote human rights online.
The Cyber Cooperation Program is supporting the AHRC to deliver a regional workshop and high-level dialogue on the human rights benefits and threats arising from technologies such as artificial intelligence. In Vietnam, AHRC will deliver training on human rights, technology and cybersecurity related issues.
This project supports Australia’s objectives to promote and protect human rights online.
Partnering with the eSafety Commissioner to promote and develop online safety ecosystems with Pacific governments.
The Cyber Cooperation Program is supporting eSafety to develop global online safety resources and to work with Pacific governments to develop national approaches to safeguarding citizens online. This initiative aligns with Australia’s objectives of stronger cybercrime prevention, prosecution and cooperation as well as promoting human rights and democracy online.
The eSafety Commissioner is the only government agency globally focused on online safety.
ABC International Development and its partners Care, Talitha Project and Portable are working to empower young women in Tonga and Vanuatu to participate meaningfully and safely online.
Young women are at the centre of the Girls Online (GO!) project. They will lead the identification and exploration of cyber safety rights, experiences, and issues. Young women will also drive contextually relevant and practical solutions for their online safety. This project supports Australia’s objectives to promote and protect human rights online and gender equality in cyberspace.
ABC International Development aims to help communities, often through the media, to identify and address the barriers and facilitators to development issues, where information access, public dialogue or attitudinal and behaviour change are goals.
The APNIC Foundation’s SWITCH SEA: Fostering women’s technical leadership in the Internet industry in Southeast Asia is a gender-responsive, inclusive approach to supporting women engineers in Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and Cambodia through online training and mentoring to contribute to their career prospects in the ICT industry.
Separately, in the Pacific, the APNIC Foundation is also implementing a series of technical training and assistance activities to reduce national-level network inefficiencies and improve Internet connectivity in selected Pacific countries.
These projects support the Cyber Cooperation Program’s goal of a "multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance, which places all stakeholders on an equal footing in Internet governance debates, best facilitates an open, free and secure Internet".
The APNIC Foundation leverages APNIC’s 25+ years of proven technical and developmental leadership in the Internet to build human and community capacity for Internet development in our region.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partners with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre (ASPI ICPC) to deliver a series of regional workshops for ASEAN states on responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.
ASPI also worked with Indonesia’s National Cyber and Crypto Agency to strengthen its cyber threat analysis, engagement on cyber policy issues and coordination across government.
This partnership contributes to Australia’s objective of fostering an international cyber stability framework that promotes responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.
CyberCX is partnering with the National Bank of Vanuatu to deliver cyber security enhancement programs that will help provide a range of expanded digital banking products and services to the people of Vanuatu.
This projects delivers educational initiatives to improve cyber security awareness among bank staff and customers and aims to support economic growth opportunities. It supports Australia’s objective of using digital technology to achieve sustainable development and inclusive economic growth by enabling remote communities in Vanuatu to access the financial system, obtain microfinance credit and drive economic growth.
CyberCX is Australia’s largest pure-play cyber security service provider. Bringing together the nation’s leading cyber experts, CyberCX provides comprehensive end-to-end services to Australian enterprises and governments.
Cyber Law International raises awareness of the application of international law in cyberspace.
Cyber Law International delivers executive education to officials in the Indo-Pacific region, including:
- the International Law of Cyber Operations Foundation Course
- Alumni Workshops for graduates of the Foundation Course
- online seminars as part of the “Women in International Security and Cyberspace Fellowship”, and
- A course focusing on the intersection between State interests and individual rights.
This partnership aligns with Australia’s objectives to promote responsible state behaviour in cyberspace and respect for human rights online by equipping trainees with awareness and knowledge of international law, norms and confidence building measures to apply in the online environment.
Cyber Law International is a boutique law firm with world-class expertise in the international law governing state and non-state activities in cyberspace. The company offers professional training, consultation, and research services to governments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, technology firms, and others involved in international cyber affairs worldwide.
Macquarie University is delivering a targeted technical cyber security training program to building awareness, knowledge and capability in incident response in Indonesia.
A series of workshops for government agencies, industry representatives and academics in Indonesia is a commitment under the Australia-Indonesia Memorandum of Understanding on Cyber Cooperation. This project supports Australia’s objective to build cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.
The Cyber Affairs Branch is partnering with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) on an initiative focused on countering online disinformation and hate speech relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
IFES will work with partner countries in Southeast Asia to strengthen counter-messaging campaigns; raise awareness of states’ human rights obligations online; and promote regional and international cooperation on internet governance. The Cyber Cooperation Program is also partnering with IFES in Indonesia.
These projects support Australia’s objectives of promoting human rights and democracy online; and strengthening cyber security for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.
Plan International Australia and its partners ChildFund Australia and the Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western Sydney University, are jointly supporting Solomon Islands’ youth to identify online risks and apply protective strategies for responsible and safe internet usage; as well as equipping caregivers with skills to support online safety.
Plan International Australia is collaborating with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Communication and Aviation, Honiara City Council, YWCA, and the Australian Federal Police Cyber Safety Pasifika program to promote safe online environments.
This project supports Australia’s objective to promote and protect human rights online. It equips young people, their parents, and their community, with the knowledge and skills to promote youth-led and gender-responsive approaches to online safety that respects and promotes the rights of children and young people in the Pacific.
Plan International is an International Organisation that strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
Retrospect Labs is delivering a cyber security exercise program to improve the readiness of critical infrastructure organisations within the ASEAN region.
Through tailored and expertly crafted exercise scenarios and a partnership approach to training, Retrospect Labs partners with critical infrastructure organisations to prepare them for a cyber security incident, so they can more effectively respond to the various, commonly-faced cyber threats.
This project supports Australia’s objective to build cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.
Retrospect Labs is a company that specialises in delivering world class exercises, to help organisations prepare for any cyber security incident. It uses exercises to expose organisations to the malicious tradecraft adversaries use to compromise victim networks in a safe way, and train them in how to respond effectively, minimising the impact and harm from an incident.
TAFE Queensland is working with key government and healthcare stakeholders within the ASEAN region to build institutional cyber security knowledge, including responding to emerging cyber threat trends linked to COVID-19.
TAFE Queensland is delivering training to enable development of organisational cyber security and incident response and recovery policies; mature approaches to analysing and harnessing cyber security data to inform policy and resource allocation; and promoting and leveraging the role of women in the field of cyber security.
This initiative supports Australia’s objective to build cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.
TAFE Queensland is the most experienced provider of further education and training in Queensland and is committed to innovative delivery of professional, industry-relevant training.
The Australian National University is building cyber capacity across the region through the delivery of the Cyber Bootcamp project.
The Cyber Bootcamp projects enables Indo-Pacific partner countries to address the full breadth of cyber challenges and build cyber capability at the national and regional level by learning directly form Australian cyber policy and operational specialists across government, academia and the private sector. This partnership contributes to Australia’s objective of enhancing understanding of the comprehensive agenda of cyber affairs in the Indo-Pacific.
The UNODC is raising awareness on cryptocurrency crime in the ASEAN region.
The projects aims to strengthen the investigative capacity of specialized units; highlight gaps in legislation and offer tools to address them through tailored recommendations; and enhance regional cooperation best practice.
The project contributes to Australia’s objective of strengthening cybercrime prevention, prosecution and cooperation.
UNODC, through its Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section, leads counter-cybercrime capacity-building, technical assistance, and preventive diplomacy. From darkweb-investigation support, to cryptocurrency policy advice and member-state diplomacy, UNODC helps to counter some of the most challenging crime threats to society. Established in 1997, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.
In Timor-Leste, Willyama Services will work to upskill Timorese counterparts to enhance its cyber security awareness and resilience.
This initiative supports Australia's objective to build cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.
Willyama Services is Australia's only 100% Aboriginal owned and Supply Nation-certified information technology and cyber security company operating nationally. Willyama is committed to the advancement of opportunities for Indigenous Australians in the successful delivery of ICT projects to our clients in the government, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Willyama is also committed to the long-term improvement of indigenous employment opportunities across Australia through the Reconciliation Action Plan, Aboriginal Apprenticeships Scheme and Cultural Awareness Training.
Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network (PaCSON)
PaCSON enables cooperation and collaboration by empowering members to share cyber security threat information, tools, techniques and ideas.
A key deliverable of Australia’s International Cyber Engagement Strategy, PaCSON was established in April 2018 with support from the Cyber Cooperation Program. This initiative supports Australia’s objective to build cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.
PaCSON is a network of government-designated cyber security incident response officials comprising of the following members: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Partnering with PILON to strengthen regional responses to cybercrime.
This includes implementation of best practice legislation in line with the Budapest Convention. The Cyber Cooperation Program supports an annual PILON regional cybercrime workshop, where Pacific legal officers discuss pressing cybercrime issues and identify suitable legal responses. This partnership aligns with Australia’s objective of stronger cybercrime prevention, prosecution and cooperation within the Pacific.
PILON is a network of senior law officers from Pacific island countries, including Australia and New Zealand, who come together to address domestic and regional law and justice issues.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with Catherine Smith Consulting to support development and implementation of cybercrime legislation in Tonga.
Catherine Smith is an independent consultant providing advice in the area of cybercrime.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with Ionize to deliver cyber security capacity training to technical staff within Papua New Guinea's National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA).
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with the e-Governance Academy and ASPI to build digital service delivery capacity in the Indo-Pacific.
The project brought together Pacific government officials to assess existing e-Governance capabilities and the required resources to achieve each country’s desired digital transformation. The final report is found here.
Founded in 2002, the e-Governance Academy is a non-profit think tank and consultancy organisation: a joint initiative of the Government of Estonia, Open Society Institute and the United Nations Development Programme.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with the Foundation for Media Alternatives to advance human rights and democratic principles in the digital space in the Philippines.
Founded in 1987, the Foundation for Media Alternatives works with citizens, and marginalised communities in particular, to strategically and appropriately use information and communications technologies for democratisation and empowerment.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with cyber security experts FireEye to deliver cyber security assessments and training in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) to conduct cyber security breach workshops and training for Pacific governments.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with the ICT 4 Peace Foundation to deliver cyber security policy and diplomacy workshops.
ICT4Peace promotes cybersecurity and a peaceful cyberspace through international negotiations with governments, international organisations, companies and non-state actors. Further details on the workshop is found here.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with ELSAM to mainstream human rights in cyber law reform in Indonesia through awareness raising and capacity building.
ELSAM is a policy advocacy organisation based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with Monash University to deliver a cyber security awareness program in Myanmar.
Monash University is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with RMIT University's Australian APEC Study Centre to explore the application of block chain technology to support digital business and entrepreneurship in Papua New Guinea.
RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with Standards Australia to strengthen the cyber security environment in the Pacific Region.
Standards Australia worked with Pacific government officials to consider harmonisation with JTC 1 SIO/IEC 27000 Information Security Management System group of international standards. The report is found here.
Standards Australia is the leading independent, non-government organisation specialising in the development and adoption of internationally-aligned standards in Australia.
The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with an IT training company With You With Me to deliver a train the trainer program of cyber security training in Fiji.