National Cyber Security Strategy, Australia 2020

In late 2019 the Australian government tasked industry to provide thought leadership input for its four-year 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.

OCSC’s Director of Research, Associate Professor Carsten Rudolph and the Head of Department for Software Systems and Cybersecurity in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University answered the call out for the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy with the OCSC submission focusing on key elements that impact upon effective cyber security policy and program delivery and responsiveness to issues raised in the discussion paper. The submission was not exhaustive as its purpose was to highlight areas of most urgency, and further highlight the OCSC’s established capability to effectively support and assist the government with its policy agenda.

On 21 July 2020 the Australian government released the Industry Advisory Panel’s final report referencing 60 recommendations that strongly suggest key and critical areas of the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.

The 60 recommendations in the report were wide ranging, indicative of the breadth of thought leadership submissions, operational modelling and perspectives and with the following recommendation in sync with OCSC’s capabilities:

  • “The recommendation (23) to increase investment in cybersecurity research and development is timely and OCSC looks forward to working with the government to deliver against this recommendation by expanding our successful Proof of Concepts and Industry Co-Funded Research Programs”.

  • “The most important recommendation is for the government to adopt a maturity model approach to evidence and evaluation (recommendation 58). As the custodian of the Cyber Security Maturity Model (CMM) for Nations program in the Pacific region, OCSC looks forward to working with the Government to deliver against this recommendation by reviewing Australia’s own cybersecurity maturity against this framework”.

  • “The necessity to collect, research and analyse data is essential and this will form the basis of successful evaluation of the 2020 strategy and result in a safer Australia. The OCSC stands ready to work with all Australian governments and our regional neighbours to further enhance a maturity and evidence-led response to combating the threats of cybersecurity and we welcome the Industry Advisory panel’s report and look forward to the final 2020 strategy”.