21 April 2017

Australia more cyber secure

Today is the first anniversary of the launch of the Turnbull Government’s Cyber Security Strategy and I would like to congratulate the Corangamite community for helping to make Australia more cyber secure.

Governments, businesses and individuals all have an important role to ensure Australia’s cyber security.

According to the Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy first annual update, 59 per cent of organisations in Australia detected a business-interrupting security breach at least once a month in 2016.

Cybercrime is the most visible and damaging aspect of the cyber threat for the majority of internet users in Corangamite. That’s why the Government is putting more digital cops on the beat and working closely with partners to understand how to counter cybercriminals.

We have also been delivering key initiatives from the Cyber Security Strategy to further enhance cyber security and to position Australia to take advantage of a safer digital world.

We are also improving education and pathways for young people so can they target a career in the growing field of cyber security.

There are a number of online websites that provide information about improving cyber security and how to report suspicious behaviour.

Individuals, families and small businesses that want to know more about improving their cyber security should visit the Stay Smart Online website (https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/)  or the Children’s eSafety Commissioner (https://www.esafety.gov.au/)

Scamwatch (https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/) provides information about online scams, including phishing, and is a place to report scams to authorities.

Businesses should visit the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (Acorn) (https://www.acorn.gov.au/) for advice on cybercrime and as a place to report crime.

Since the launch of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy the Turnbull Government has:

  • Opened the first Joint Cyber Threat Centre in Brisbane, which is the first stage of a $47m program piloting collaborative work spaces where industry, government and law enforcement work together and share relevant threat information.
  • Established the Cyber Security Growth Network with $31.9m in funding to ensure Australian businesses can take advantage of opportunities in the global cyber security industry.
  • Approved construction to start later this year for the $38.8m fitout and relocation of the Australian Cyber Security Centre to Brindabella Park in Canberra. The new centre will be home to the Government’s cyber agencies The new multi-classified space will allow business and academia to more easily work side-by-side with Government to share information and counter cyber security threats.
  • Committed a further $3.45m to help address Australia’s shortage of skilled cyber security professionals via the establishment of Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence.

Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy First Annual Update 2017 can be downloaded at http://cybersecuritystrategy.dpmc.gov.au/first-annual-update/

21 April 2017