Australia to invest a record A$1.35bn in cyber security

Dubbed the Cyber Enhanced Situational Awareness and Response (Cesar) package, the investment will help Australia identify cyber threats, disrupt foreign cyber criminals and build industry partnerships, said Australian prime minister Scott Morrison yesterday.

Noting that malicious cyber activity undermines the government’s efforts to protect Australia’s economy, national security and sovereignty, Morrison said the record investment will ensure the country has the tools and capabilities to fight back.

Of the total investment, over A$31m will go towards enhancing the ability of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) to disrupt cyber crime offshore, taking the fight to foreign criminals that seek to target Australians, and helping federal, state and territory law enforcement agencies.

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Source: ComputerWeekly