Malcolm Turnbull PM

19 April 2017

2017 is a turning point for cyber security in Australia. One year on, my Government’s landmark Cyber Security Strategy has been a catalyst for change.

The conversation has shifted – in government, in business and for individuals. Trust and confidence through cyber security is becoming economic and security currency for Australia. And while the speed of change has been remarkable, much more is to come. No Australian government has ever been more committed to protect our interests in cyberspace.

The Cyber Security Strategy has generated momentum. It has encouraged the private sector to incubate ideas and initiatives well beyond those outlined the Strategy. Success is not just ticking off the Strategy’s initiatives, but changing culture.

Enhancing trust and confidence in the confidentiality, integrity and availability of networks and data will help us derive even greater economic value from information-driven change.

Our initiatives have had a clear impact. The cooperation between government and business is stronger and deeper; boardrooms and Commonwealth agency heads are more attuned to cyber risks. State and territory governments are engaged; and the tempo of international engagement is quickening.

My Government’s new appointments - Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs – have led the way, shaping a new cyber security agenda. The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network has hit the ground running, providing a platform to unearth innovative cyber companies and help them grow. Attracting more talent – in particular more women – into the profession is a priority.

And as a result, culture is beginning to change. But change has been faster in the private sector than in government. The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security and

Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security help me provide the voice of leadership to the government cyber security community, and have my backing to challenge agencies to be more agile and accelerate our progress.

Australia will face major cyber security challenges in the future.

Australian families and businesses continue to be targeted by cyber criminals. Some foreign nations continue efforts to compromise our national security. Over the past year we have witnessed cyber security events here and overseas disrupt infrastructure and services, cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to companies, threaten the confidentiality of networks on an unprecedented scale, and attempt to interfere with democratic processes. This is unacceptable.

It is time therefore to capitalise on the vision set out in the Cyber Security Strategy. We will build even greater collaboration between government and the private sector, stimulate further innovation, and develop new paradigms for countering cyber security challenges for a more secure and prosperous Australia.

Malcolm Turnbull PM Signature

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister
19 April 2017