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  • FST Media
  • 17 November 2021
New Zealand’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has recorded a sharp uptick in cyber-attacks targeting critical services entities over the last year, with more than a quarter of attacks linked to state-sponsored actors. The agency’s latest Cyber Threat Report 2020/21...
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  • FST Media
  • 17 November 2021
Queensland’s water service was exposed to a major cyber breach that broke through to its web server and remained undetected for nine months, the state’s Auditor-General (AG) has revealed in its latest audit report. The breach, which was found to...
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  • Margaret Paton
  • 17 November 2021
While Covid-19 vaccine passports are re-opening the world to Australians, a quite different type of passport – to record school-based and extracurricular learning – could open doors to the future of work. Questions are circulating around the NSW Government’s pilot...
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  • Nanda Lakhwani
  • 16 November 2021
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has formalised a series of regulatory principles aimed at helping businesses and governments alike to secure supply chains for critical technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and quantum computing. The final, non-binding Critical Technology...
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  • FST Media
  • 3 November 2021
Defence inks five-year, $1B contract renewal with Telstra; SA Government goes on mass tech talent hiring spree; and Vic Government seeks out new support partner for smart ticketing system, myki. – The Department of Defence has announced it has renewed...
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  • FST Media
  • 3 November 2021
The Victorian Government has set out early to secure a new partner to oversee operations and upgrades for its contactless ‘smart ticketing’ system, myki. Ahead of what will be a 17-year-long partnership with NTT Data-owned Aussie developer Kamco (with an...
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  • FST Media
  • 3 November 2021
Only five out of 104 NSW agencies have implemented mandatory cybersecurity controls at the expected baseline of the Government’s Cyber Security Policy (CSP), with the Auditor-General’s latest cyber report flagging “poor levels of cyber security maturity” within state agencies. The...
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  • Nanda Lakhwani
  • 3 November 2021
In a bid to bolster network security across Australia’s public sector, the nation’s chief signals and infosec intelligence bureau will stop certifying Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) services, paving the way for the consolidation of government agencies’ IT networks and cyber...
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  • Margaret Paton
  • 3 November 2021
A cybersecurity expert has criticised Australian governments for churning out “tokenistic” cyber strategies without much-needed detail, education or funding to tackle hackers and respond to breaches. These cyber strategies ignore not-for-profit businesses and particularly those providing health services – a...
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  • Paul Crighton
  • 20 October 2021
The Australian Government is taking great strides to achieve its goal of becoming one of the top three digital governments by 2025. In its roadmap, data management is classed as an imperative for the public sector to ensure it is...
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  • FST Media
  • 20 October 2021
Federal Government releases Ransomware Action Plan, however critics fear businesses will fail to meet key recommendations; Govt to issue “vaccine passports” for international travel; and ICAC investigates dodgy software deal by two TAFE NSW execs. – The Federal Government has...
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  • FST Media
  • 20 October 2021
The Federal Government will a total of $6.5 million in grants to assist SMEs in developing new regtech solutions to share and improve access to occupational licence data, enabling licenced workers to more seamlessly ply their trades across Australia’s states...
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  • Margaret Paton
  • 20 October 2021
The Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO’s) Second Commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn thinks so. He sees tax in a “natural ecosystem”, where the tax office is focused not only on audits and timely prompts to enforce compliance, but also on compassion. An ATO...
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  • FST Media
  • 20 October 2021
Covid lockdowns have driven a steady increase in the use of digital services and devices over the last year. However, regional and older Australians’ access still lags considerably behind the most wired-in metropolitan communities, with the pandemic appearing to exacerbate...
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  • Nanda Lakhwani
  • 20 October 2021
Outdated data and inaccurate predictive tools are impeding the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s (DELWP) ability to halt Victoria’s biodiversity decline, the state’s Attorney-General has revealed in a recent audit report. The report, drawn up by the Victorian...
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