The Australian Commonwealth Government’s approach to issues pertaining to cyber security is contained in the Cyber Security Strategy, which was released on 23 November 2009. The principal objectives of the current cyber security policy are stated by the Attorney-General’s Department to be that:

  • “all Australians are aware of cyber risks, secure their computers and take steps to protect their identities, privacy and finances online;
  • Australian businesses operate secure and resilient information and communications technologies to protect the integrity of their own operations and the identity and privacy of their customers; and
  • the Australian Government ensures its information and communications technologies are secure and resilient.”

In the first update of its kind since 2009, the Commonwealth Government, in the coming weeks, is expected to reveal its revised national cyber security policy.

As revealed exclusively yesterday by iTnews, the policy is expected to cover five key topics, aimed at stimulating economic growth in Australia by embracing distributive technologies from a secure footing as follows:

  • strengthening cyber defences;
  • education;
  • partnerships,
  • research and development; and
  • awareness

The Government has also recognised the important role of the private sector and significant input to the policy’s objectives is expected to be provided by the private sector.

One of the policy’s key initiatives is expected to include a real-time, online portal aimed at allowing organisations to share information relating to cyber security threats.

We will, of course, provide a more detailed analysis of the updated Cyber Security Strategy once the document is publicly available.