Cyber Spy Agency to Be Called in to Protect Critical Infrastructure
Operators of the nation’s critical infrastructure will be forced to pass on information about cyber attacks to the Australian Signals Directorate in real time, and potentially allow the cyber spy agency into their networks to fend off major hacks. Company directors will also have legal duties to ensure a reasonable standard of cyber security — in the similar way to how they are already responsible for workplace health and safety
- under a $1.66 billion boost to the nation’s cyber defences.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison released the nation’s new cyber security strategy on Thursday, which will give new powers to the ASD to protect the country’s critical infrastructure such as ports, water, power plants, telecommunications and defence industry.
The new plan also redefines what is deemed “critical infrastructure” with universities, finance and banking, health and the food and grocery sectors added to the list.…MORE