Cyber Resilience Taskforce: a cyber security sprint

Cyber Resilience Taskforce: a cyber security sprint

Cyber Security Cyber Resilience Taskforce
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Taking the opportunity to learn from our collective experience with the recent global WannaCry Ransomware campaign, the Prime Minister announced a Cyber Resilience Taskforce to improve Australia’s capability and response to cyber security and cybercrime threats and incidents.

Consistent with our core values of leadership and partnership as stated in Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy, the Taskforce started the way we intend to continue. We kicked off with a workshop involving a broad range of cyber security stakeholders from industry, government and community support groups to help us define the issues and develop ideas.

We have a lot of ground to cover before the end of September when we are due to report. But we’ve been overwhelmed by the support of stakeholders from across the cyber security community including from companies and organisations that want to see Australia build its national cyber resilience. Cyber security is an issue of social development and economic prosperity: to maximise the enormous benefits of the Internet as part of a technology-driven future for Australia we must have trust and confidence in our online interactions.

The Taskforce is currently finalising a project plan and recruiting team members, and in parallel we’re developing a range of threat scenarios to build ideas and test our thinking. We also intend to develop, iterate, test and deliver outputs along the way, not just build a report and recommendations.

Over the next few weeks we’ll introduce you to our team and our work, acknowledging the input of our private and public sector partners. Follow our progress through our fortnightly newsletter, the PM&C website and @CyberGovAU Twitter updates.

Sandra Ragg
Head, Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser
Lead, Cyber Resilience Taskforce

Inaugural workshop focusses on ideas

Issues and ideas were the focus of an inaugural workshop of the Cyber Resilience Taskforce. Over 30 companies, industry association and government representatives gathered in Canberra to discuss the future direction and priorities of the Taskforce.

Central themes were the importance of leadership, knowledge sharing, scale and pace of reach, capability uplift, and clear communications to effectively respond to the full range of cyber security and cybercrime threats facing Australia. Future workshops will provide an opportunity to focus in greater detail on the identified themes and translate ideas into practical initiatives.

Our thanks goes to those who were able to participate and to PwC for hosting at short notice. We will provide further similar opportunities for others to input.

Cyber threat scenarios to drive cyber resilience of government and industry

Our first deliverable will be the development of a series of threat scenarios to test the Taskforce’s concepts and ideas. A collaboration between the Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and a range of industry volunteers, the threat scenarios will cover a broad range of threat actors, consequence impacts and stakeholder engagement dimensions.

The scenarios will be used for workshops with both public and private sector stakeholders and will simulate the multidimensional nature of cyber incident response. This will include the testing of response protocols, incident assessment frameworks, and communications strategies.

Our thanks to the ACSC team and the Australian Information Industry Association for bringing together a range of companies to support this work.

Get involved with the Taskforce and have your voice heard

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The Taskforce will need to do its work with great agility and create an environment that enables active participation and collaboration. We welcome views from government and private sector on how we can best achieve the Taskforce goal to deliver fast action to improve Australia’s capability and response to cyber security and cybercrime threats and incidents. This might be through part time resources, hosting or participating in workshops or through sharing of cyber security incident management tools and strategies. To get involved contact CyberTaskforce@pmc.gov.au.