Movers & Shakers: Government Sector | June–July, 202001/07/2020 Anonymous Government
The Federal Government has appointed Kirstjen Nielsen to advise the Government on its cybersecurity strategy, set to be released this year. Nielsen formerly served as US secretary of homeland security.
The Digital Transformation Agency has appointed Scott Cass-Dunbar as its new Chief Strategy Officer. Cass-Dunbar replaces Anthony Vlasic who departed the role earlier this year to join the Boston Consulting Group.
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The Australian Federal Police has frozen $7.8 million linked to fraudulent IT contracts issued through the Federal Department of Finance. The allegations relate to three public servants believed to have directed IT contracts through preferred suppliers.
Fed Govt unveils record $1.35b investment in national cyber defence01/07/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The billion-dollar cyber spend, sourced from existing Defence funding, will be allocated over the next decade across various programs to enhance the capabilities of Australia’s chief digital defence agencies, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and its junior agency the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).
Aus Govt invests $19m in AI to improve health outcomes30/06/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The latest funding supports research and development in a variety of artificial intelligence technologies designed to help prevent, diagnose, and treat medical conditions and manage mental health.
Among the recipients for the R&D funding package include the University of Sydney, the University of NSW, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, and the Centre for Eye Research Australia.
Twitter warns Aus Govt of foreign interference via social media26/06/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The likelihood and risk of future disruption were highlighted in a submission by the San Francisco-based social media giant to the Australian Government’s Select Committee on Foreign Interference Through Social Media inquiry held last Monday.
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In the wake of a coordinated, state-based cyberattack campaign targeting Australian organisations and public entities, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has released emergency cybersecurity guidelines for government agencies and businesses. The advisory details cyber tactics, techniques, and procedures based on the MITRE ATT&CK® 1 framework.
Victoria's EPA deploys unmanned drones to track environmental vandals23/06/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The authority’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) will monitor local landfill operations from the sky, using data gathered from surveillance to help enforce its waste management and compliance mandate.
The RPAS operates in controlled airspace as a supplement to the agency’s existing manned flights, allowing the watchdog to monitor environmental changes and ensure compliance with environmental laws.
ICAC warns agencies to crack down on fraudulent tech contracts amid spate of procurement corruption cases23/06/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
ACT human services Directorate rates poorly in data security audit23/06/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
NZ Ministry of Education to roll out ultra-fast broadband for schools17/06/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The project is being rolled out under the auspices of New Zealand’s ‘Network for Learning’ (N4L) initiative, a managed network that enables schools to more readily access the internet and integrate digital technologies into the curriculum.
The N4L’s managed network supports more than 800,000 users while delivering connectivity for 2,400 schools across metropolitan and regional areas.
CSIRO opens smart sensing tech to Qld irrigators17/06/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The partnership will provide irrigators access to the CSIRO’s ‘WaterWise’ program, which utilises smart sensor, big data, and water management forecasting technologies to track the consumption of water used in irrigation – an effort not only conserve water resources but also maximise crop yields.
Goanna Ag, a producer of agricultural water sensing systems, will now deliver WaterWise’s data stream to its on-farm customers. The agtech is expected to begin operations during this year’s summer cropping season.
Australia joins global AI partnership with global economic leaders16/06/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The GPAI, hosted by the global economic cooperative the OECD, assembles experts from government, industry, and academia conducting research or pilot projects involving the broader adoption of artificial intelligence.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría extolled AI a “truly transformational technology” that could support the global response to Covid-19, among other global health or policy challenges.
Aus Govt builds biosecurity capability to protect agriculture sector08/06/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The projects, funded under the Government’s $25.2 million Biosecurity Innovation Program, include an array of virtual reality, DNA matching, drone, 3D X-ray, and import-screening technologies designed to help mitigate biohazards that could threaten Australia's more than $60 billion agricultural sector.
The projects are being managed by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, in partnership with the business sector, universities, and research entities.