Cyber cooperation between DFAT and Sense of Security

Wednesday, 08 November, 2017

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Sense of Security and DFAT are working together to enhance cybersecurity in the Indo–Pacific region.

The Cyber Cooperation Program is their collaboration, designed to focus on skills development within developing nations.

Australia’s International Cyber Engagement Strategy has been constructed to outline how the federal government will engage the international community to improve cyber resilience.

The strategy will help best position Australia for regional trade opportunities, while managing the risks related to an increasingly interconnected world.

As part of the International Cyber Engagement Strategy, the government has recently announced an additional $10 million in funding over three years, bringing the total to $14 million.

Murray Goldschmidt, co-founder and chief operating officer at Sense of Security, believes this ensures Australia is positioning itself in a secure way to make the most of digital trade within the Indo–Pacific region.

“The International Cyber Engagement Strategy and the greater investment in cyber cooperation sets a clear vision of Australia’s interests and objectives in cyberspace over the next three years. It provides the support many of the new activities in the strategy require and will enable both Australia and the region to reap the benefits cyberspace provides in a secure manner,” said Goldschmidt.

As part of the program, Sense of Security will be providing cyber skills development within developing nations. With over 15 years’ experience providing specialist advice, helping secure Australia’s best known brands, as well as government agencies at federal, state and local level, Sense of Security will be sharing its expertise on formulating security policy and governance frameworks with developing nations in the Indo–Pacific region.

“This will be critical moving forwards, as criminals could exploit potential weak links in Australia’s Indo–Pacific partnerships to gain access to their networks. Once in, criminals have been known to be able to transition across to other connected networks and could gain access to sensitive information held in Australia,” said Goldschmidt.

Sense of Security is only one of a few select vendors working in partnership with the government to help improve the region’s cyber capabilities and aid the government in achieving its objectives outlined in the strategy.

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