Australia’s cyber laws potentially harmful to security: Critical Infrastructure community

A slew of Australia’s critical infrastructure service providers and union groups have lambasted the federal government’s critical infrastructure cyber laws due to it requiring organisations to install third-party software onto their systems if they are deemed to not be “technically capable” of managing cyberthreats.

Roger Somerville, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) ANZ public policy head, said the need for new cybersecurity laws was apparent and AWS supported the Bill, but he remained critical of the software installation scheme contained within it.

The Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Bill 2022 contains outstanding elements of cyber laws passed by the Parliament last year, per recommendations from the parliamentary committee that is currently reviewing the laws.

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Source: ZDNet