Australia-UK Cyber Co-operation

Australia-UK Cyber Co-operation

Cyber Security International Cyber Policy Engagement
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Australia and the United Kingdom enjoy a unique and historic relationship founded in common interests and a desire for strong security, including within cyberspace.

A recent Joint UK-Australia Statement on Cyber Co-operation recognises the two nations’ commitment to promoting “an international stability framework for cyberspace” through existing international law and agreed norms of responsible state behavior.

As outlined in the Statement, “Australia and the UK will co-operate to deter, mitigate and attribute malicious cyber attacks by criminals, state actors and their proxies, including those that seek to interfere in the internal democratic processes of states.”

The co-operation includes working with industry to find cyber security solutions for their products and services and the sharing of lessons learned as policy options are developed.

Both countries recognise the right of all nation states to develop cyber capabilities but assert that with those rights come obligations.

“As the next 1 billion people access the economic and social benefits of cyberspace, it is in all of our interests to ensure that cybersecurity is understood as a key part of the development agenda.”

Media release: Joint UK-Australia Statement on Cyber Co-operation