Kevin Andrews: work together to build cyber security

Cyber security must be a community effort in which agencies, industry and citizens can learn from each others’ experiences, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said today. He warned the trend of cyber attacks is a threat to Australia’s Defence capability.

The topic “Risk, Resilience and Responsibility” is particularly apt given both the importance of the internet in our social and economic lives and the fact that the internet is largely uncontrolled and has grown organically at an exponential rate.

The internet provides government and business alike with opportunities to operate more efficiently. Its exponential growth has fundamentally changed the way we work and interact socially, and will continue to do so.

But increased reliance on networked devices comes with additional risks, which is why cyber security is a national security priority for the government.

Of all the trans-national security challenges we face, malicious cyber activity is likely to be the most persistent.

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