HON CLARE O’NEIL MP
Minister for Minister for Cyber Security & Home Affairs
Member for Hotham
FRIDAY 3 MARCH 2023
AUSTRALIA NUMBER 1 IN CYBER PROGRESS
Australia has been ranked Number 1 in the world among countries showing the greatest progress and commitment to enhancing cyber security, according to a new index published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
This report shows that Australia is waking up from the cyber-slumber.
Since coming to office the Albanese Government has declared 82 Systems of National Significance under the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018; is working closely with industry to ensure security requirements are fit-for-purpose; and announced the development of a new national cyber security strategy aimed at making Australia the most cyber-secure nation in the world by 2030.
The MIT Technology Review Insights’ Cyber Defense Index 2022/23 ranked Australia first in 3 of 4 assessment criteria – Critical Infrastructure, Organisational capacity and, importantly, Policy commitment.
Today’s report said Australia’s first-place score reflected the Albanese Government’s efforts to make robust digital infrastructure widely available.
“The Australian Government strives to use digital tools and regulations to safeguard personal data and digital transactions. It committed to overhauling cybersecurity laws, pledging to shelve a previous roadmap.”
“The importance of this was underscored by a hack of Optus, its second-largest mobile carrier, in which 2.8 million records were stolen. Its business leaders have high confidence in the Government’s cybersecurity stance,” MIT said.
Today’s report is great recognition for the thousands of dedicated personnel who are working tirelessly to help us keep pace with the constantly evolving cyber threat, but we will never stop improving our national resilience and security.
On Monday Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the creation of a National Coordinator for Cybersecurity within the Department of Home Affairs.
This will ensure that all areas of government working to protect Australians from cyber threats are operating as efficiently as possible, and adds to work already underway to protect our critical infrastructure.
The cyber threat we face is massive and grows every day, but strengthening Australia's cyber security is a fundamental priority for our Government. Cyber security is national security, it is business security, and it is now an essential part of life for 25 million Australians.
Read the Official Media Release from The Office of The Hon Clare O'Neil MP - Friday 3 March 2023 HERE