The shared $1.9 million in funding will be provided over four years.
The Minister said the academic centres would fill the immediate skills gap and would assist to meet the demand of future job growth.
ECU vice chancellor Steve Chapman said the University is already one of the best in the world in the field of cyber security.
“This announcement further recognises ECU as a leader in cyber security research and teaching nationally,” he said.
“Since 2001 more than 1000 cyber security professionals have graduated from ECU’s cyber security program – one of the longest running undergraduate cyber security degree programs in Australia.”
ECU School of Science executive dean Andrew Woodward said cyber security graduates from ECU work in some of the world’s leading tech companies including Google, Facebook and Microsoft. “The industry is booming globally right now. It has been for the past decade and will continue to boom into the next decade” he said.
ECU’s Security Research Institute is headed by leading cyber security academic Professor Craig Valli. David Cook, institute researcher and lecturer, and immediate past chair of the Australian Computer Society WA, sits on FutureNow’s Information Communications Technology Industry Advisory Group.