Clare O’Neil spoke to the media at a press conference about transforming Australian cybersecurity. The minister of Home Affairs and Cybersecurity addressed the ongoing cyber crisis that her country faces and promised that Australia will be the most cyber-secure country in the world by 2030.
Speaking at the National Press Club of Australia, O’Neil put forth the new appointments to prevent the ‘mass plundering’ of personal information that has been haunting Australian companies for the past few years.
Clare O’Neil speaks about the new advisory board
In a major overhaul of Australia’s security mechanism, Clare O’Neil spoke about a new cybersecurity strategy that was missing in the previous one. The country will create a 100-personnel team to tackle cybercrime and online threats.
“It will take some time to get this singing, but when it does, it will change the game for cyber security,” she said. Andy Penn, the former Telstra chief executive, former Air Force chief Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, and CEO of the cyber security cooperative research center Rachael Falk have been appointed to a new expert advisory board to begin working on Australia’s new cyber security strategy.
Katy Gallagher, the minister for finance, and O’Neil from the government will also be helping them.
The international engagement will be forwarded with the Pacific neighbors on a global stage which will help prevent online dangers across the region. Former United Kingdom National cyber security center chief executive Ciaran Martin will lead the global cyber expert panel.
An offensive cyber team will be set up to address the security needs, and the Albanese government will ‘punch back’ the hackers with a collaborative effort from the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Signals Directorate.
The Optus data breach, Medibank breach, and Harcourt breach, among others, have left the nation with a dire need to reform its cybersecurity infrastructure.
Clare O’Neil addresses related issues at the National Press Club of Australia
The country looks forward to making amends so there will be no more misinformation and disinformation spreading in the country. Impacted by the most dangerous set of strategic circumstances since World War two, the Australian government now looks forward to revising laws also to tackle the new form of terrorism that is underway.
Strategies will be made to strengthen the critical infrastructure and the government networks to build security against cyberattacks and will be implemented in full force by 2030.
She also stated that counter-terrorism laws could be reformed to target threats from right-wing extremism and neo-Nazism better. She criticized former Prime Minister Scott Morrison for the decision to abolish the cybersecurity ministry after joining the office and called it an ‘absolute shocker.’
Addressing how far behind they are in the immigration system, she said that it is complex, bureaucratic, lacks strategy, is expensive, and doesn’t serve the need of the country, business, or migrants. Seeing the fierce global competition for talent that the competitors are getting the better of, O’Neil said that they are ‘noodling around at the starting blocks.’