Monday, 12 December 2011 15:16

Prime Minister to take command of Australia's cyber security

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Today's Cabinet reshuffle takes the nation's cyber security policy development away from the Attorney-General's portfolio and into the Prime Minister's.

In the written transcript of the prime Minister's speech listing the changes to Cabinet and the various portfolio changes for existing ministers, we see as the final comment that '"Responsibility for cyber security policy will move from the Attorney-General's portfolio to my portfolio."  This announcement appears to have been missed when the Prime Minister presented the changes verbally this morning.

This announcement means that although outgoing Attorney-General Robert McClelland had ownership of this policy area, incoming Attorney-General Nicola Roxon will not. 

Conversely, The Prime Minister has announced that she is shedding responsibility for national security research and innovation to the Defence portfolio.

Cyber security is a very detailed and complex policy area and iTWire is hopeful that the Prime Minister is able to devote the necessary resources to it.

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David Heath

David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.

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