In June 2020 OCSC’s collective management team were invited by the Chairman of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and Board Member of the OCSC Mr Damien Manuel to contribute a thought leadership article in AISA’s newly established Edition 2 Cyber Today Magazine. The thought leadership article was titled ‘The regional threat: coordinating a better response’ and discussed Australia’s cyber threat landscape and OCSC’s role in strengthening cybersecurity capacity building in the Oceania region.
The article also incorporated aspects of OCSC’s submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on the Cyber and Critical Technology International Engagement Strategy providing readers with a good understanding on OCSC’s perspectives that are qualified by subject matter expertise. It highlights strategic recommendations that contribute in off-setting national security risk exposures and build resilience into Australia’s regionalised cybersecurity operating environment.
The OCSC submission stated that the key to international cyber and critical technology objectives should be to build sustainable resilience, ensure integrity of information and technology, and strengthen relationships. At minimum, these objectives should include the consideration of capacity, supply chain, natural disasters and pandemics, and purposive, persistent and incidental attacks. OCSC further advised that the national cyber security strategy should position and establish a region-wide systemic view on cyber security and technology risks, and should support nations with their individual risk assessments and treatment plans. This is particularly important for digital transformation in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Building a stronger region is important to reduce cyber harm to Australia and our partner countries.
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The Head of Marketing and Communications, Ms. Kate Pacalt-Shady and Dr. James Boorman, Head of Research and Capacity building collaborated with its Global Constellation partners the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) and the C3SA: Cybersecurity Centre for Southern Africa in writing a narrative on the Global Constellation’s co-joint impact in efforts in the area of cybersecurity capacity building in a global development context.
The Constellation Partners lead the deployment of the CMM in their respective regions and provide a point of contact for international partners and regional governments seeking to engage in the CMM review process. This unique three way partnership provides each centre with a wider berth in reach within the global cybersecurity community connecting the dots in project scoping and preparedness in project engagements in a more efficient and effective manner.
The article was fit for purpose for the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) Global Cyber Expertise Magazine 8th Edition contributing to the discussion on coordinating a global network for cyber capacity building, incorporating findings from a 2020 external study commissioned by the UK Foreign, Development & Commonwealth Office (UK FCDO):
The CMM reviews…. “drove enhanced awareness and capacity building in the area of cybersecurity, provided a foundation for the national cybersecurity strategy development and improved credibility of the cybersecurity agenda within governments.” Countries from all parts of the world also expressed that “the CMM helped to define roles and responsibilities within government, resulted in increased funding for cybersecurity capacity building and underpinned capacity building programs by international partners.”
Read the full article on page 62.