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DST launches Defence Research Collaboration Security Framework

More and more Defence research is being undertaken collaboratively. To ensure that information generated or exchanged as part of a collaborative program is protected in accordance with Defence policy, DST has developed the Defence Research Collaboration Security Framework (DRCSF).

The enhanced security arrangements outlined in the DRCSF underpin Defence’s ability to safeguard sensitive research, technologies and capabilities early in the research and innovation cycles.

The DRCSF is aligned with the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework (DSPF), Defence Security Policy Framework (DSPF), and the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP).  The DRCSF ensures that:

  • Research sensitivity, classification and security risks are understood and mitigated to an appropriate level; and,
  • Defence technologies, capabilities and investments are not compromised.

The framework applies to all DST research collaborations and arrangements.

Defence research collaborators may be required to put in place the following security arrangements:

  • Membership of theDefence Industry Security Program  (DISP) – Collaborators may be required to achieve and maintain a specified level of DISP membership to participate in a proposed research program.  The DISP specifies the security arrangements to be implemented in terms of governance, personnel, physical security and cyber security.
  • Security clearances – Personnel participating in the proposed research program may require a specified level of security clearance.

Please send any questions regarding Research Collaboration Security to Allan Halsey, Director, Defence Research Collaboration Security.


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