Thursday, September 12, 2019
Is This A Dutton Scare Campaign Or Should We Be Really Worried?
These ominous articles appeared last week.
Power stations, transport systems and industrial plants are likely to be the target of a new and potentially deadly threat from cyber attacks, forcing an overhaul of the nation’s cyber security strategy to repel state-sponsored hackers and criminals.
A surge in the scale and severity of malicious cyber activity — including the “hack and release’’ of sensitive information intended to embarrass targets, influence public opinion and interfere in democratic processes — will be revealed in a consultation paper to be released today by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
Self-driving cars in the future are also expected to be vulnerable to cyber attacks, with experts warning they could be forced off the road by hackers.
The paper, to kickstart the replacement of Malcolm Turnbull’s strategy drafted only three years ago, says state actors are “growing more organised, confident, and sophisticated in using cyber espionage and interference to promote their national interests”.
“Australia’s critical systems, including in the energy, telecommunications and transport sectors, are becoming increasingly digitised,” the paper warns.
“International cyber incidents have disrupted power grids, degraded public health and transport systems, and damaged physical infrastructure. These new threats, if realised … could threaten physical safety, economic security and the continuity of government and its services.”
Criminal hackers also have access to cheap and widely available tools, helping them to steal personal information that can be used to commit financial fraud and other serious crimes, the paper says.
Mr Dutton will call for a new era of co-operation between governments and businesses to tackle emerging cyber risks, warning that the “threat environment” has changed significantly since the 2016 strategy.
“As quickly as we advance, threats evolve and those who wish to do us harm adapt and change,” the Home Affairs Minister will say. “Strong collaboration and partnerships are vital to ensure this strategy is well positioned to tackle the cyber security challenges we face as a nation.”
The paper warns that cyber security has never been more important to the nation’s economic prosperity and national security, amid an explosion in the number of physical systems that are now connected to the internet.
According to the paper, cyber security incidents cost businesses up to $29bn a year, while cyber crime affected one in three Australians last year with an estimated $2.3bn stolen.
Lots more here:
There is a summary here:
· Australian Associated Press
Foreign state-backed hackers are becoming more brazen in their attempts to use cyber espionage, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton warns.
Mr Dutton on Friday launched a consultation paper on cyber security to update the nation's strategy, which outlines the increasing threats from foreign states.
"State actors are growing more organised, confident, and sophisticated in using cyber espionage and interference to promote their national interests," the paper said.
Australia's energy, telecommunications and transport sectors are at risk of being targeted by cyber attacks as they embrace the digital age.
The root of these articles is found here:
The actual 36 page Discussion Document for the 2020 Strategy is found here:
There is no doubt the Government is seeking input on all this with many questions being asked in the Discussion Paper. The trick is to work out what they have missed that may also help. It is clear this is a major issue and that it will be an ongoing issue for years to come!
Well worth a browse and a response if you are an expert.
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Thursday, September 12, 2019