Cyber researcher warns govt & tech sector to brace for more attacks as Covid lockdowns linger28/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
These attacks were highlighted in a new Threat Intelligence report by the UK-based security firm, NTT, which offered a snapshot of the current global threatscape across Australia, the APAC region, Europe, and North America.
The May report warned that cyber actors are continuing to exploit the pandemic to launch malicious and highly targeted attacks.
ACSC fears critical infrastructure could be exposed to cyberattack during Covid crisis, offers guidance28/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
Such attacks have become more likely given the pandemic's impact on working habits and conditions, according to the ACSC, with cyber attackers seeking to expose vulnerabilities in remote working arrangements put in place since Covid-19 lockdowns.
The ACSC’s latest security advisory has urged organisations managing critical infrastructure to enact safeguards to protect their systems from potential threats.
DTA puts out call to vendors to join new Cloud Marketplace27/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The new CMP will assist government agencies in sourcing Anything-as-a-service (XaaS) and specialist cloud-related professional services from solutions providers.
The Marketplace will succeed the existing Cloud Services Panel (CSP), due to be retired in March 2021.
GovTech Weekly News Wrap – 28 May27/05/2020 Anonymous Government
The ACCC has announced the launch of the Consumer Data Right (CDR) Register and Accreditation Application Platform (RAAP), considered the “IT backbone” of the new data-sharing mandate. Open banking, the first cab off the rank for the CDR, will launch on 1 July this year.
SA Health tackles Covid-19 with remote collaboration deployment20/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
Ministerial collective to accelerate post-Covid digital economy growth19/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The 11-member ministerial working group held its first virtual meeting this month, with representation from state and territory ministers, as well as innovation, science, digital, and Covid-19 advisers to Government.
The meeting was convened by the Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews.
Govt legislates privacy protections for COVIDSafe app19/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
According to Federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, the legislation more clearly defines the limited circumstances under which the COVIDSafe data can be collected, used, or disclosed.
The legislation also prescribes significant criminal and civil penalties for any misuse of data collected through the app.
“That includes jail terms of up to five years or a fine of $63,000 per offence,” Porter said.
Service NSW breach: agency launches investigation into staff email hacks18/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
In an official advisory, the state’s chief frontline service delivery agency said the attacks appeared to be the result of criminal activity rather than state-sponsored actors.
This was confirmed by Service NSW’s chief executive, Damon Rees, during a follow-up interview with Channel 9.
“The indications are it looks like it’s organised crime-related rather than [a] state-sponsored [actor],” Rees said.
“We were disappointed and upset this had happened.”
Fears of govt supplier collapse during Covid prompts procurement guideline release12/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
Fears have grown that suppliers to Commonwealth entities, under mounting financial pressures from sustained social distancing shutdowns, may struggle to fulfil their contractual obligations, the Department said in its recently released Covid-19 procurement guidance statement.
“The outbreak of Covid-19 is unprecedented,” it said, noting that global shutdowns have adversely affected companies big and small.
NSW ePlanning hub to get $10m refurb12/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The upgrade will deliver a significant expansion of the state planning department’s digital services offering, with backend enhancements to its analytics and reporting functions, as well as an array of frontend systems to enable online payments processing and digital document lodgements.
Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello said the upgrade will help prepare the Department for an expected surge in demand for ePlanning services, with the state’s 128 councils mandated to migrate to the new platform by July 2021.
ABS data release to aid post-Covid recovery06/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The data, available from May, offers a snapshot of Australia’s health, safety, and social trends, together with trading, retail data, and economic-labour market analyses.
Quantifying the impact of Covid-19 is critical to economic recovery, said Dr David Gruen, the Bureau’s chief statistician.
Movers & Shakers, Government Sector | April–May, 202005/05/2020 Anonymous Government
The Federal Government has appointed Neville Power to chair its National Covid-19 Coordination Commission (NCC). The Commission will advise the Prime Minister on non-health aspects of the pandemic response. Power is a former Fortescue chief executive and current Perth Airport Chairman.
Hot demand for digital professionals in public service: Aust Govt outlines upskilling pathway05/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
By 2024, another 100,000 technology workers will be needed to fulfil tech roles across the Australian Public Service (APS), according to official estimates.
Presently, 10,000 people work in digital and ICT roles within the public service, covering cybersecurity, programming, software engineering, digital media and data science, among a host of others.
Aus Govt introduces privacy law for COVIDSafe tracing app05/05/2020 Shahida Sweeney Government
The Government will introduce its new Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Bill 2020 into Parliament next week, providing additional privacy and data protection safeguards for COVIDSafe users, according to Porter.