Government seeks feedback on cybersecurity strategy

Monday, 09 September, 2019

Government seeks feedback on cybersecurity strategy

The Australian Government is seeking feedback on a new cybersecurity strategy to help businesses combat increasing and evolving cyber threats.

The strategy will build on the 2016 Cyber Security Strategy’s foundations and be developed in collaboration with industry, research partners and cybersecurity experts, the latter of which will oversee the strategy’s implementation, according to Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

“In 2018 alone, around one in three Australian adults were affected by cybercrime,” Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said.

"The Australian Cyber Security Centre sees hundreds of reports on a daily basis from businesses and individuals who have fallen victim to scams, ransomware, sophisticated fraud or the theft of their intellectual property.”

To help fight this, the government wants to know businesses’ views on the current cyber threat environment and which threats the government should be focusing on; what role the government should play in addressing the most serious threats to Australian institutions and businesses; what role the government and industry can play in supporting consumers’ cybersecurity and how the government can reduce high-volume, low-sophistication activity; according to the government’s discussion paper.

Participants can submit feedback via the form on the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website until 1 November 2019.

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