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Talks today between the federal government and business leaders have set in train initiatives to strengthen measures to combat cybersecurity threats across Australia.

The discussions on potential future strategies to strengthen the Australia’s cyber security landscape follow the inaugural cybersecurity summit initiated by the Prime Minister Tony Abbott in July.

The government has said it will release a new national cybersecurity strategy later this year.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Christian Porter, who chaired today’s industry roundtable, said the meeting considered ways to share critical information about cyber threats and enable rapid response to issues.

Today’s roundtable was attended by 22 industry and business leaders who told the July summit that they wanted national leadership and a coordinated approach to address cyber security threats, including a strong partnership between the government, businesses and the research community.

“Today the Government started in earnest the process of engaging business leaders to work with government to co-design a range of practical initiatives” Porter said.

“We considered ways to share critical information about cyber threats and enable rapid response to issues.

“We shared ideas about identifying best practice cyber security for Australian businesses and we also talked about ways to grows Australia’s cyber security workforce and meet critical job needs.”

“Importantly, we discussed the role that innovation plays in growing economic opportunities for Australian businesses and developing home-grown cyber security capability.

“We will continue to develop these ideas and feedback from the summit and today’s meeting will inform a new Cyber Security Strategy, to be released later this year.”

Porter said the federal government is investing in cyber security initiatives to support businesses and the community, with investments to date including $14.6 million in the Australian Cyber Security Centre, $3 million for cybercrime reporting and $10 million on countering email spam and online scams.

For more information on the government’s cybersecurity review and strategy click here.

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