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Australia ‘wide open’ to damage from cyberattack

Australia ‘wide open’ to damage from cyberattack (Trends, Reports, Analysis)

Governments must move quickly to address a potentially catastrophic cybersecurity vulnerability, a state government chief information security officer has warned. Dr Milosavljevic also pointed to Varonis data from 2017 on global cyber risk which indicated that Australia has a similar level of vulnerability to a cyberattack as Russia and the United States. This rise in cyber threats illustrates our increasing reliance on digital services – and government is no exception, Dr Milosavljevic said. The constantly changing nature of cyber threats presents a novel challenge for governments, Dr Milosavljevic said. Cyber incidents haven’t been studied a lot because they’re relatively new and changing all the time.” The NSW Government looks to release its cybersecurity strategy later this year, which Dr Milosaljevic says will be based on the state’s cybersecurity roadmap. Governments need collaborative response The growing cyber threat calls for a shared response by governments, Dr Milosavljevic said.

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