Australia’s cyber security defences ‘weak and uncoordinated’ – Irvine31/01/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Former ASIO head David Irvine has delivered a scathing assessment of Australia’s existing cybersecurity regime, describing it as “weak and uncoordinated”.
In a submission, written on behalf of the Cyber Security Research Centre (CSRC), Irvine called for a parliamentary inquiry to examine the "impact of new and emerging information and communications technology".
CISCO and Flinders University launch cybercrime degree31/01/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Cisco Academy’s new online program will allow students to comprehend the role networked systems within business and enterprise play as well as how to manage secure network systems.
The partnership will see the establishment of an academy at the university’s Tonsley Park building, in which Cisco staff will provide training to students.
In a statement, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Angus Taylor said the Federal Government rates cybersecurity and cybercrime among "the fastest growing threats to corporations, citizens, and governments globally".
Empired lands five year cloud contract with WA govt16/01/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Among three principal contractors to join the GovNext program – alongside NEC Australia, Datacom, and Atos – Empired will provide the “core collaboration functions within the WA Government’s cloud environment,” according to a statement by the company.
“We are delighted to have been selected as a key player in providing services with NEC to the WA State Government under the GovNext-ICT framework,” said Russell Baskerville, managing director of
Empired. “This award is testament to Empired’s capability and investments in cloud-based services.”
De Brenni appointed QLD tech minister08/01/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
The newly appointed Digital Technology minister will now directly oversee the state’s IT function, which was previously administered under the innovation portfolio.
As part of the restructure, following the return of the Labor government in last November's election, de Brenni will now oversee IT across Queensland’s public sector, a role previously served by former Minister for Innovation, Science and Digital economy, Leeanne Enoch.
In addition to his new role, de Brenni will continue to serve as Queensland’s Minister for Sport and Minister for Housing and Public Works.
Angus Taylor becomes law & cyber security minister in cabinet reshuffle21/12/2017 Chantal Sutton Government
As Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Taylor oversaw substantial changes to the management of IT across government, including the transfer of ICT functions from the Department of Finance to the newly created Digital Transformation Agency.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan will assume Taylor’s previous role as Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation and Cities, which currently oversees the Commonwealth’s digital transformation agenda.
ATO extends DXC contact to 201913/12/2017 Chantal Sutton Government
The renewed contract will see an additional $735 million provided to DXC for its services, increasing the value of the contract to $1.47 billion.
The original contract, awarded to Hewlett Packard in December 2010, was renewed with its successor DXC as a result of ‘sector spin-outs’ and despite ‘unprecedented’ hardware failures occurring under its predecessor, the ATO said.
Under the newly revised contract, DXC will provide the tax office with services including data warehousing, mainframe, midrange, storage, data centre facilities, private cloud, and public cloud.
Aus Gov launches international cyber strategy10/10/2017 Chantal Sutton Government
Announced by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, the strategy aims to promote online confidence, as well as reduce financial losses attributable to cybercrime, with a particular focus on the Indo-Pacific region.
Backed by a $10 million investment over three years, the ICES aims to put Australia at the forefront of international efforts to promote a stable online economy.
“Our international cyber engagement protects Australians and promotes our interests,” Bishop said in a statement.
Driving WA's 'innovation economy': An interview with Hon. Dave Kelly MLA, Minister for Water, Fisheries, Forestry, Innovation and ICT, and Science21/09/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
FST Media: Tell us a little about your appointment to the ICT/Innovation portfolio. What areas of digital innovation hold a particular interest for you?
Minister Kelly: Our world is increasingly being shaped by new innovative technologies and, unlike the previous government, the McGowan Labor Government is interested in seeking out opportunities in this exciting industry. This is why I am incredibly privileged and excited to be appointed WA’s very first Minister for Innovation and ICT.
Sydney secures new cyber R&D ‘nerve-centre’21/09/2017 Anonymous Government
“This facility is a major boost for our economy and will be a real-time nerve-centre protecting large enterprises, industries, governments and even nations from cyber attack,” said Matt Kean, NSW Minister for Innovation.
The state government has sweetened the public-private collaboration with a $1.67 million investment in the facility, which will expand upon BT's existing security operations centre in North Sydney. The newly expanded hub will be BTs first R&D facility based outside the United Kingdom.
NSW Govt inks $11.5M cybersecurity agreement with CSIRO08/08/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
The three-year agreement, jointly funded by the Department of Industry and the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, will provide a direct channel between the NSW Government and Data61’s development team to manage cybersecurity threats against the state.
NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, said cybersecurity would be an initial focus of the collaboration with Data61.
Govt lays path to open banking regime25/07/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
The proposal, released by the Turnbull government last week, also promises to give consumers better access to their banking data and more relevant data on banking products.
In a statement, Treasurer Scott Morrison said the open banking regime has the potential "transform the way in which Australians interact with the banking system."
NSW to introduce whole-of-govt data visualisation tool25/07/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
The all-in-one service will allow both public servants and citizens to create charts, graphs, diagrams, and dashboards using government data sets, according to tender documents. Data will be made accessible via government APIs, databases and flat files.
Agencies will also be able to save, share, or publish content with authorised users, allowing seamless sharing between departments.
The single data visualisation tool will replace the multiple visualisation technologies the currently in place.
Sydney lands $35m start-up incubation hub14/07/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
The State will invest $35 million to build the “first of its kind” start-up hub, set to deliver 6,500 new jobs to NSW, according to a Government release.
The announcement comes one month after the Victorian Labor Government declared plans to establish a fintech hub in Melbourne port suburb of Docklands.
Industry leaders unimpressed by Govt’s e-services05/07/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
More than 1,500 Australian consumers and 130 digital opinion leaders were surveyed for the report, which drew insight from technology heads from the commercial and government sectors, according to EY.
The report revealed that nearly half (49 per cent) of digital opinion leaders disagreed with the statement ‘The Government is doing a good job in using technology to improve the services it provides’. Fewer than one in five thought leaders agreed with the statement.
VIC Govt inks exclusive deal with local eServices supplier28/06/2017 Patrick Buncsi Government
Government departments and technology providers throughout Victoria will now use VendorPanel’s platform for government-based ICT services procurement, Gavin Jennings, Special Minister of State, announced.
The eServices Register is mandatory for all the inner budget departments and agencies covered by the Victorian Government Purchasing Board (VGPB).
The Register processes the bidding for government work for suppliers helping the Government make informed purchasing decisions across a range of suppliers.