Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance

In September 2020 the OCSC and the OCSC CMM Ambassador team responded to the Australian Department of Home Affairs call for submissions on Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance. With the underlying theme of ‘defining the new frontier’  The OCSC’s submission provided snippets of OCSC’s collective cybersecurity multi-dimensional subject matter expertise, their thoughts and various recommendations on actions and solutions.

Protecting what is critical to Australia’s sovereignty requires looking beyond our own borders to include our neighbours and partners. Setting clear parameters on what defines critical infrastructure and what constitutes effective national security governance must be considered at a national and international level. Our submission provides specifically researched and referenced examples of where frameworks, definitional aspects and enhance information sharing could assist the government to achieve this objective. A starting point as articulated in our response to Question 24 would be to conduct a Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM) review for Australia to assess the technical and non-technical dimensions of Australia’s critical infrastructure assets related to cybersecurity, with a view to build an evidence base, independent from government and industry, around best-practice responses to advanced and persistent threats. This would add to the intentions of the Critical Infrastructure Program for Modelling and Analysis (CIPMA) and would provide the necessary research, threat, data and risk analysis required to provide a more detailed depiction of the threat environment and subsequently contribute to better policy outcomes.

Read the full published submission.