Report launch: Exploring cyber security options in Australia

Dan Tehan and Rory Medcalf. Images: Jamie Kidston

Minister Dan Tehan and Professor Rory Medcalf

The National Security College is proud to publish, in partnership with RAND Corporation, the outcomes report on Australia’s first comprehensive policy simulation of major cyber attacks and how to deal with them.

Launched by the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, the report is based on the ‘360’ cyber game held in December 2016, and designed and delivered by RAND experts in partnership with the NSC.

The Minister launched the report at a roundtable discussion at Parliament House, involving senior officials, cyber industry representatives and visiting RAND Corporation executives: President and CEO Michael Rich and Vice-President (International) Ambassador Charles Ries. Participants discussed the looming security and regulatory challenges around the ‘internet of things’ and identified areas for possible future research and collaboration.

The report outlines a number of specific insights for Australian cyber security policy and three key recommendations to improve cyber security in Australia:

  • create and enforce technology security standards
  • craft international agreements to address cyber security challenges,
  • and improve risk awareness to keep users safe online.

Broad consensus from the 90 plus participants indicated that the policy domain will continue to struggle to keep pace with technological change and uncovered the existence of an underlying tension between risk-based approaches and compliance based interventions.

The National Security College has a growing program of work on cyber security, including 1.5 track dialogues, executive training, academic teaching and research.

Exploring Cyber Security Policy Options in Australia (Report PDF, 1MB)

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