Australia more cyber secure

Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Coalition Government’s Cyber Security Strategy – and it’s an occasion to note that the Northern Territory community has helped to make Australia a more cyber secure country.

“Governments, businesses and individuals all over the country – including up here in the Territory – have an important role to play to ensure Australia’s cyber security,” Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today.

“According to the Cyber Security Strategy first annual update, 59 per cent of organisations in Australia detected a business-interrupting security breach at least once a month in 2016.

“Cybercrime is the most visible and damaging aspect of the cyber threat for the majority of internet users in the Territory.

“That’s why the Government is putting more digital cops on the beat and working closely with partners to understand how to counter cybercriminals.

“We have also been delivering key initiatives from the Cyber Security Strategy to further enhance cyber security and to position Australia to take advantage of a safer digital world.

“We are also improving education and pathways for young people so they can target a career in the growing field of cyber security.”

Senator Scullion said there were a number of websites that provided information about improving cyber security and how to report suspicious behaviour.

“Individuals, families and small businesses that want to know more about improving their cyber security should visit Stay Smart Online or the Children’s eSafety Commissioner,” Senator Scullion said.

Scamwatch provides information about online scams, including phishing, and is a place to report scams to authorities.

“Businesses should visit the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network for advice on cybercrime and as a place to report crime.”

The Cyber Security Strategy First Annual Update 2017 can be downloaded here.