Australian government injects $230m into cyber defences
The federal government will spend hundreds of millions of dollars defending Australia from foreign cyber attacks including from countries like China.
And for the first time, the government has revealed it employs offensive cyber capabilities to deter possible attacks – which could mean employing hackers to disrupt activities overseas.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will on Thursday announce Australia’s $230 million cyber security strategy, which will focus on closer collaboration with business.
Its centrepiece is sharing of threat information between business and government, using the existing Australian Cyber Security Centre and new portals in capital cities.
The centre will be relocated from Australia’s spy building in Canberra to a more accessible venue and the prime minister will convene annual meetings with business leaders.
The strategy, the first since 2009, took 18 months to develop and will create about 100 jobs – most of which will be highly specialised.
The prime minister will reveal who will fill the newly created role of Cyber Ambassador to liaise between agencies and business, and communicate the strategy internationally.
He’ll also announce a new minister assisting the prime minister on cyber security.
The strategy aims to defend the nation’s cyber networks from organised criminals and state-sponsored attackers and sits alongside $400 million in the Defence White Paper for cyber activities.
The announcement follows an urgent call for an inquiry last year by independent senator Nick Xenophon following reports of a China-initiated breach at the Bureau of Meteorology.
While the government doesn’t believe there’s yet been a serious cyber attack – which is defined as compromising national security – there are thousands of intrusions every year.
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“And for the first time, the government has revealed it employs offensive cyber capabilities to deter possible attacks – which could mean employing hackers to disrupt activities overseas.”