Monday, 29 April 2019 04:52

Govt to pledge $156m to bolster cyber security

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Courtesy YouTube

The Coalition Government will pledge $156 million to bolster cyber security efforts that are in place to guard the country's communications networks, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison set to make the pledge on Monday.

Of this, $50 million will go towards hiring people to expand the workforce, The Age reported. Australian Cyber Security Centre head Alastair MacGibbon is expected to lead this initiative, in co-ordination with the Defence and Home Affairs departments.

The pledge will come in the wake of an announcement in February that the networks of the Australian Parliament and the three main political parties — Liberal, Labor and National — had been breached.

Earlier this month, the director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate, Mike Burgess, told the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee that the breach had been carried out by sophisticated nation-state actors.

Another $40 million will be allocated for the ACSC to work with the Australian Federal Police to counter attacks by cyber criminals from outside the country.

The ACSC will get an additional $26 million to provide assistance to the community in the event of any cyber attacks.

The workforce expansion program will provide scholarships for study in the field of cyber security with 50% of the places reserved for women.

Questacon, a Canberra science and technology centre, will be provided funds to train teachers and help students develop an interest in STEM subjects.

The Australian Defence Force will use the remaining $40 million to hire more military cyber experts over the next four years.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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