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Prevention key benefit of new data breach laws: ACS Featured

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The Australian Computer Society (ACS) believes the key benefits of new data breach laws will be preventive and the real impact will be to mobilise business and government.

As reported by iTWire, the Australian Government has finally put in place laws to govern data breaches, with the legislation passing the Senate on Monday.

Welcoming the passage of the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016, the ACS says the impact on business and government will lead to robust, responsive data protection and cybersecurity frameworks and a “culture of best practice information sharing to combat ever-evolving cyber threats”.

ACS president Anthony Wong says the new legislation marks a line in the sand, “after delays which have put Australia behind jurisdictions like the US, EU and New Zealand”.

“It is now incumbent upon industry and government to build the cyber-resilience required by Australia’s digital economy," he said.

“The ACS endorses the balanced, flexible approach to data breach notification rules taken by this new legislation. Australia can learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions, but it is equally critical that we learn from the professional best practices that will arise in Australia as the legislation begins operation, which in turn will influence all levels of government and business.”

Wong says effective data protection and cyber security involves collaboration across organisations, government agencies and internationally.

“The ACS looks forward to working with government, industry and our international colleagues on best practice approaches to ICT security systems and protocols and the education and training of ICT professionals to meet both the spirit and the letter of the new legislative requirements.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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