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Cyber-security science hub for Victoria

Global R&D company Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) plans to set up a research hub in Melbourne and will work to counter cyber-attacks and other threats to national security, the government announced on 15 April.

Based in the United States, SAIC is a global scientific, engineering and technology applications company.

“The centre will provide a collaborative space for SAIC researchers to develop hardware and software to protect information and critical infrastructure from cyber attacks,” according to a statement from Richard Dalla-Riva, Victoria’s minister for manufacturing, exports and trade.

SAIC says the Melbourne base will allow it to improve services to customers in the Asia-Pacific region. It will also enable the company to tap into the opportunities created by Australia’s R&D Tax Credit and the National Broadband Network rollout, according to SAIC vice president and regional manager, Steve Rizzi.

The SAIC investment will create 50 highly-skilled jobs in Victoria over the next three years, the state government said.