Look beyond Australia to bolster government cybersecurity


Wide-scale change is still needed to build cyber resilience in government, but agencies can adopt low-cost methods to protect themselves.

Although the Australian government has made great strides in adopting a cybersecurity plan and creating reform to better protect federal assets, experts warn it will be hard to build on recent improvements unless further wide-scale reforms are implemented.

Adopting successful policies from other nations, improving the culture of information sharing within government and tweaking the immigration system are just some of the suggestions put forward to help the government up its digital game.

But while some of these efforts may take several years, federal agencies can still take effective action now on low-cost methods to help further protect themselves.

“I’d like to see a cultural change,” says Akamai chief strategist for cybersecurity AJP (Australia Pacific Japan), John Ellis. “In government and military, the culture right now is “need to know.”

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