Why isn’t Australia taking cyber threats as seriously as some other countries?

Published: Wednesday, 01 June 2016 08:56

The Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, has released a Discussion Paper, entitled “Australia's Response to Advanced Technology Threats: An Agenda for the Next Government”.  The paper is a ‘scholarly analysis of the Australian government’s recently released policy, Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy’.

The discussion paper notes the substantial spending gap between the new measures announced by the federal government in the recent budget and comparable spending commitments made by its allies for cyber security in the past half year. The new ACCS paper also traces in detail the differences in Australia’s assessments of threat in cyber space and the threat assessments of its allies.

Professor Greg Austin, a co-author of the new ACCS paper, said that “It seems that many Australians do not see cyber threats in the same way as their peers in our closely allied countries. We need to understand why.”

Professor Jill Slay, Director of ACCS, and the other co-author of the new ACCS paper, said “It is time to begin to develop a national work force strategy for cyber space capability across the board. We don’t have one yet.” She also said: “We have to respond to the recent Cyber Security Strategy by laying out national agenda for skills education that is more sophisticated and detailed than a focus on awareness raising or cyber hygiene. There are new high tech threats that are not being addressed in most of the country”. 

Download the paper here.