Macquarie Government managing director Aidan Tudehope made his comments on Monday when commenting on the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy discussion paper released by the Minister for Cyber Security Peter Dutton and the Department of Home Affairs last week.
As reported by iTWire, Dutton has said that the 2020 strategy will build on the 2016 strategy that was put in place by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, and would be developed in close collaboration with industry, research partners and community groups.
Tudehope said the government’s discussion paper “acknowledges not only the evolving threat landscape we’re facing as a country, individuals and businesses, but recognises the increasing importance of technology and cybersecurity to drive our national economy”.
“These skills can’t be offshored, particularly when state actors play an ever-increasing role in cyber crime.”
In other comments, Tudehope said:
- Global GDP is already heavily dependent on the digital economy and this will only increase; we need the right sovereign capabilities to futureproof Australia’s global position, particularly in today’s uncertain economic times. The government should call out the importance of building these skills in the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.
- It is crucial that Government, at all levels, are exemplars in how they bake in cyber security to everything they do. Innovation without the strongest cyber security underpinnings are a train crash waiting to happen. Government needs to know where citizen data resides and whether 24x7 global support models mean unknown individuals have privileged access to government systems.