Cyber Security Strategy gets its six month review

Today marks six months since the Turnbull Government released the Cyber Security Strategy.

It’s a chance to review Malcolm Turnbull’s handling of the strategy’s implementation.

The Turnbull Government promised to relocate the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

This hasn’t happened, and they have said nothing about when it will.

The Turnbull Government promised to appoint a dedicated Cyber Ambassador.

This hasn’t happened, despite the 2016-17 Budget allocating $2.7 million to the role, and they have said nothing about when it will.

The Turnbull Government promised to publish Australia’s international cyber engagement strategy.

This hasn’t happened, and they have said nothing about when it will.

The Turnbull Government promised to establish new Joint Cyber Threat Sharing Centres.

This hasn’t happened either.

They didn’t manage to hold their first consultation meeting on the idea until today.

The recent Australian Cyber Security Centre Threat Report 2016 made clear that malicious non-state actors could develop the means for a serious cyber attack on Australia within the life of this Parliament.

Australia cannot wait for the Turnbull Government to get its act together.

Australia deserves better than a Government that spends 18 months developing a strategy and six months ignoring it.

The true test of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to cyber security was never going to be in the design of the Cyber Security Strategy but in the implementation.

It’s spent six months failing that test.

FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2016

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