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Australia's three-pronged cyber security strategy

Special adviser to the Prime Minister on cybersecurity Alastair MacGibbon has outlined the country's high-level cyber security strategy.

At CSIRO's D61Live event — organised to coincide with Data61's first birthday — MacGibbon outlined the three aspects of the national cyber security strategy.

It starts with "more defenders on the wall," especially at the Australian Cyber Security Centre, but also within the Defence Department, the Australian Federal Police and other agencies. The aim is not merely to protect the government sector, but the broader economy.

Australia is also working towards global, rules-based governance of the Internet, as seen by the appointment of an ambassador for cyber affairs.

Then there is increasing co-operation between government and industry, epitomised by the establishment of the Joint Cyber Security Centre in Brisbane, with similar centres planned for Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

"The (cyber security) conversation has changed in this country" and is now deeper and more mature, MacGibbon said.

But Australia has not yet done enough in this regard, he said, calling for the development of a robust sovereign cyber security capability, as is being promoted by the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network.

Better education — starting in primary schools — is also required, he added.


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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.