October cyber security awareness month wrap-up

October cyber security awareness month wrap-up

Cyber Security
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Dan Tehan MP, launching the 2017 Australian Cyber Security Centre Threat Report at the National Press Club.

In October, the importance of cyber security for government, industry and all Australians was put front and centre as a range of cyber security events and activities took place. Across Australia there is a growing recognition that cyber security is no longer the domain of technical experts but is everybody’s business. We all have a role to play, from taking simple steps to protect ourselves online, to critically engaging with cyber security policy questions to achieve national cyber resilience.

International Cyber Engagement Strategy

ustralian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP launching the International Cyber Engagement Strategy in Sydney.

The month started with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP officially launching the inaugural International Cyber Engagement Strategy, outlining Australia’s international cyber affairs agenda for the next three years. One of the priorities of the Strategy is to ensure all Australians can benefit from the digital economy and the opportunities it offers.

Northern Territory ‘Cyber Security for Your Business' events

In the Northern Territory, 'Cyber Security for Your Business' was the theme for a range of events across the Territory to help local businesses better protect themselves from cyber threats and attacks. At the launch event in Darwin, Head of the Office of the Prime Minister's Cyber Security Special Adviser, Sandra Ragg, outlined the role of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy in developing partnerships between government and the private sector, as well as the importance of supporting women in cyber security and improving industry diversity.

Stay Smart Online week

The highlight of the month was the Stay Smart Online week series of events. With a theme of ‘Simple steps to online safety', launching the campaign the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, the Hon Dan Tehan MP called for Australians to be proactive about their cyber security. At the launch, the Minister unveiled a new Cyber First Aid Kit which helps users quickly identify a cyber security issue by answering a few simple questions.

Launch of the ACSC Threat Report and opening of the Melbourne JCSC

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Dan Tehan MP, launching the 2017 Australian Cyber Security Centre Threat Report at the National Press Club.

With a strong private sector focus the Minister launched the Australian Cyber Security Threat Report which provided insights into the growing threats facing Australian businesses in cyber space. Capitalising on the success of the inaugural Brisbane Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC), Minister Tehan officially opened the second JCSC in Melbourne. The Centres form a partnership between business, government, academia and other key partners to enhance collaboration on cyber security.

Australia – Israel Leaders’ Roundtable on Cyber Security

Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull shakes hands with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo credit: Times of Israel

Closing out the month was the Leaders’ Roundtable on Cyber Security in Jerusalem, Israel. Held on 30 October the Roundtable provided an opportunity to exchange views on challenges and best practice responses in the field of cyber security in the government and commercial context.