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Cyber security

Cyber security is one of Australia's national security priorities—Australia's national security, economic prosperity and social wellbeing rely on the availability, integrity and confidentiality of a range of information and communications technology.

The risk to the Australian economy from computer intrusion and the spread of malicious code by organised crime has been assessed as high. An increase in the scale, sophistication and perpetration of cyber crime has made it increasingly difficult to identify and defeat.

The growing array of state and non-state actors who are compromising, stealing, changing or destroying information, potentially causing critical disruptions to Australian systems, the distinction between traditional threat actors—hackers, terrorists, organised criminal networks, industrial spies and foreign intelligence services—is increasingly blurred.

The Government is committed to enabling innovation, growth and prosperity for all Australians through strong cyber security. This is in line with the Australian Government’s broader National Innovation and Science Agenda to help to create a modern, dynamic, 21st Century economy for Australia.

The Australian Government's approach to cyber security is contained within its Cyber Security Strategy.

Cyber Security Strategy

The Australian Cyber Security Strategy has been developed over 18 months of intense consultation with more than 190 organisations and across business, government and academia, both here and overseas.

This is a national Strategy: the Government and the private sector need to work in partnership to set the strategic agenda for Australia and co-design initiatives within the Strategy.

While a range of public‐private partnerships on cyber security are in place, we can and will do more.

This Strategy establishes five themes of action for Australia’s cyber security over the next four years to 2020:

  1. A national cyber partnership between government, researchers and business including regular meetings to strengthen leadership and tackle emerging issues.
  2. Strong cyber defences to better detect, deter and respond to threats and anticipate risks.
  3. Global Responsibility and influence: Working with our international partners through our new Cyber Ambassador and other channels to champion a secure, open and free internet while building regional cyber capacity to crack down on cyber criminals and shut safe havens for cybercrime.
  4. Growth and Innovation: Helping Australian cyber security businesses to grow and prosper, nurturing our home-grown expertise to generate jobs and growth, and support new business models, markets and investment for all businesses that are enabled by secure products and services.
  5. A cyber smart nation: Creating more Australian cyber security professionals by establishing Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in universities, fostering skills throughout the education system and raising awareness of cyber security to enable all Australians to be secure online.

For more information about the government's strategy, visit the Cyber Security Strategy website.​​​​​​​​​​