What Australia and its Six Cyber Shields must get rightAndrew Millward, Obed Oei & Jayashri Sood 3 Oct 2023
We have been anticipating the 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy since its development was first announced late 2022 by the Hon. Clare O’Neil MP, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security. The topic has since evolved through a discussion paper, inviting industry experts and organisations to respond, before its final release expected at the end of 2023. The July appointment of Air Marshal Darren Goldie as Australia’s national cyber security coordinator was also welcomed with high expectations, as it revealed a systematic and operational shift in how Australia will respond to cyber incidents. To round it all up, and as the topic of this article, the Minister recently presented at the 2023 AFR Cyber Summit (18th September 2023), revealing the first plans for how the cyber strategy will be executed, motivated by a heightened push for a government-led and coordinated capability, in the wake of Australia’s recent cyber-attacks. These developments come at a time where the national cyber threat grows exponentially year on year, in-line with the rapid evolution of smart technologies and the increasing number of internet-connected devices circulating personal data.