Changing the conversation on cyber security

Changing the conversation on cyber security

Cyber Security
Monday, 24 April 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Cyber Security Roundtable meeting

Cyber Security Roundtable meeting

Last week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched an update to the four-year Cyber Security Strategy, marking its one year anniversary.  

The first annual update was launched at an industry-government dialogue which focused on the challenges and opportunities for Australia created by disruptive technologies and changing business practices.

This launch followed a Trans-Tasman exercise of the Commonwealth’s Cyber Incident Management Arrangements, with Australian and New Zealand Government and key industry leaders being represented. The arrangements have been comprehensively revised in recent months to clearly outline the roles and responsibilities for responses to malicious cyber incidents. The very useful exercise was led by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, the Hon Dan Tehan MP.

Both events were held at Parliament House and are important initiatives of the Cyber Security Strategy.

In a busy anniversary week, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network released its sector competiveness plan which identifies challenges Australian organisations face when competing in local and international cyber security markets. The plan includes a roadmap to strengthen Australia's cyber security industry, pave the way for a vibrant and innovative ecosystem and generate increased investment and jobs for the Australian economy.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre’s 2016 Cyber Security Survey was published. This is the first cyber security survey to look across both the government and private sectors and provide an overview of how prepared Australian organisations are to meet the growing cyber threat.

The ASX also released the results from its ASX 100 Cyber Health Check Report – another important initiative out of the Strategy.

The conversation around cyber security is changing – risks are better understood and opportunities better realised.

The Cyber Security Strategy has developed strong momentum in its first year; the challenge is now to seize the momentum and capitalise on the opportunities for a more secure and prosperous Australia.