Parliamentary servers exposed in ‘unprecedented’ cyber breach18/02/2019 Anonymous Government
The breach of parliament's email servers, carried out by what the Government has claimed to be an unidentified foreign state actor – though widely believed to have originated in China – was logged by cybersecurity officials earlier this month.
Cybersecurity experts described the attack as “unprecedented” in its sophistication; however, there is no evidence that any data was lost or accessed in the raid, nor of any electoral interference.
Australia’s three biggest political parties were also believed to have been in the hackers’ firing line.
Government takes quantum leap with research centre investment18/02/2019 Anonymous Government
The Federal Government expects its $33.7 million investment in the hub to "usher in a new era in computing... that will help create the jobs and businesses of the future".
“The Centre is a global leader in quantum computing research, using atoms to develop quantum processes in silicon and optical platforms that can transfer information over secure communication networks,” the Government said in a statement.
An Interview with Audrey Tang, Digital Minister, Taiwan Government11/02/2019 Patrick Buncsi Government
One of the more recent players in the Taiwan Government's spectacular emergence as an eGov leader and trailblazer was once its most ardent critic. Audrey Tang, appointed as Taiwan’s Digital Minister in 2016, has been the Tsai administration’s most vocal proponent of transparent, citizen-centric governance.
Which is Australia's most digital-ready government?06/02/2019 Anonymous Government
The report assesses the progress of digital transformation rollouts across state and Federal governments, measuring progress in whole-of-government policy as well as legislative action and procedural processes.
DFSI inks partnership deal with Microsoft06/02/2019 Anonymous Government
The agreement, which coincides with the opening on Tuesday of the multi-million dollar Microsoft Technology Centre (MTC) in Sydney, will give DFSI heads exclusive access to the Centre for training opportunities and featured solutions exhibits.
The MTC promotes itself as an interactive learning environment for enterprise leaders, with facilities including an ‘envisioning theatre’ (a showcase area for demonstrating Microsoft and partner solutions), an ‘innovation factory’, social hub, cybersecurity room, as well as workshop and boardroom areas.
NSW Government seeks SMEs in new procurement plan04/02/2019 Anonymous Government
The new policy urges NSW Government agencies to prioritise small to medium businesses when considering government suppliers.
For contracts up to $250,000, SMEs (classified as businesses with between one and 199 full-time employees) and regional businesses will be given full priority for procurement contracts.
Businesses that tender for contracts valued at more than $3 million will be required to meet certain “sustainability criteria” based on economic, ethical, environmental or social priorities of the Government, which will be continuously monitored for compliance.
Big tech companies warn against Assistance and Access Bill17/10/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Apple has also been joined by fellow tech companies, including Cisco and Mozilla, in its opposition to the bill, launching a submission to a parliamentary inquiry on the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018.
The contentious bill compels businesses to assist law enforcement and intelligence agencies “in relation to encryption technologies, via the issuing of technical assistance requests, technical assistance notices and technical capability notices.”
NSW Gov unveils first cyber security strategy01/10/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
The two-year action plan includes an integrated, whole-of-government approach to manage cyber risk and respond to cybersecurity threats, as well as safeguarding citizen information, assets, and services.
“The Strategy sets out the NSW Government’s $20 million cybersecurity action plan to create a cyber safe NSW,” said Maria Milosavljevic, appointed as the inaugural NSW Government chief information security officer (GCISO) in March last year.
DTA opens ‘co-Lab’ innovation hub in Sydney04/09/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
The co-Lab offers “a dedicated space and resources” for multidisciplinary teams from federal agencies to collaborate on digital projects and products, according to Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation, Michael Keenan.
“co-Lab will also help accelerate DTA’s goal of lifting digital capabilities within and across government, delivering on the government’s commitment to build digital skills and expertise within the Australian Public Service,” Keenan said.
ATO replaces AUSkey with myGovID amid IT contractor crackdowns01/08/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Previously named AusID, the service has been renamed to align with the Australian Government’s recent digital identity initiatives for myGov and will allow users to scan and verify identity documents through a document verification service (DVS).
“The credential is a device-based authenticator app, paired with native authentication (such as a fingerprint) or password,” the ATO said.
The switch to the new verification system comes after ATO chief digital officer John Dardo revealed plans to phase out AUSkey.
Gov inks record $1B tech & innovation deal with IBM31/07/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
Rated among the biggest contracts ever negotiated by an Australian government, the agreement involves cross-branded solutions from both IBM and the Federal Government, among which will include IBM hardware, cloud-based solutions, and further innovation programs.
Specifically, the programs will seek to further cybersecurity research and advancement of quantum computing within major public sector agencies, driven through three hubs in Melbourne, Canberra, and the Gold Coast.
WA Rail strikes 4G telecommunications deal with China’s Huawei31/07/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
The single "end-to-end digital radio solution" will provide both voice and data services, expanding the line’s existing voice-only analogue system.
The new system will be built over the next four years and operational across the Public Transport Authority’s (PTA) 180km electrified rail network, including the yet-to-be completed Forrestfield Airport Link in Perth. The line supports transport telecommunications for WA Rail.
The joint venture with contractor UGL will see more than 50 local staff employed during the 40-month design and build period.
Empired boasts $174 million revenue in FY201826/07/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
IT services management company Empired is predicted to see a four per cent revenue bump for the 2018 financial year, reaching a total of $174 million. ARN reports the company achieved 12 per cent revenue growth within Australian, hitting $117 million for the year ending 30 June. Its fortunes in New Zealand however, were less impressive, with revenue reportedly down 11 per cent, at $57 million. The company’s unaudited Financial Year 2018 results also show a one-third reduction of net debt, from $13.8 million at the end of the 2017/2018 Financial Year to a current net debt of $9.3 million.
NSW Govt expands driverless vehicle trials with $10m fund16/07/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet revealed the Government’s push to bring the state’s driverless future forward, echoing a number of automated vehicle initiatives being pursued overseas. Several major cities, including San Francisco, Paris and Singapore, have already commenced trials of self-driving vehicles.
“The future belongs to those who hear it coming, and this investment looks to harness the power of technology to improve lives across the state,” Perrottet said.
Government departments fail cyber resilience test16/07/2018 Chantal Sutton Government
As part of the government agency’s fourth report on cyber resilience, the audit office assessed four federal departments, including the Department of the Treasury, the National Archives of Australia and Geoscience Australia, rating each agency’s compliance with Australian Signal Directorate’s (ASD) ‘Essential Eight’ cybersecurity guidelines.
These guidelines include mitigation strategies aimed at improving systems cyber resilience, including restricting administrative privileges, utilising multi-factor authentication, and patching operating systems.