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Macquarie Government wants greater govt focus on cyber security capabilities Featured

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Macquarie Government has called on the Australian Government to give greater focus to building critical sovereign capabilities in cyber security and IT to keep Australia competitive.

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”.

“I believe some of the most critical areas to address are our sovereign capabilities and skills in cybersecurity and IT generally, which can help us hold our ground and ultimately win the war on cybercrime,” Tudehope said.

“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.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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