Cyber security

Cyber security is one of Australia’s top national security priorities.

Australia’s information and communications technologies underpin every aspect of our modern lives, including the operation of critical infrastructure and the continuity of essential services.

As a result, cyber security and the resilience of our critical infrastructure are inherently linked.

The Australian Government’s inaugural Cyber Security Strategy has the explicit aim of maintaining a secure, resilient and trusted electronic operating environment that supports Australia’s national security and maximises the benefits of the digital economy.

The strategy and brochure are available from the Attorney-General's Department website.

To request hard copies of these documents, email cybersecurity@ag.gov.au

CERT Australia

CERT Australia is Australia’s national computer emergency response team (CERT) and is integral to the Cyber Security Strategy.

CERT Australia is the Australian Government’s primary mechanism for engaging with the private sector on cyber security and works with, and provides advice to, the owners and operators of systems of national interest, including critical infrastructure.

It provides targeted advice and assistance to enable the owners and operators of critical infrastructure and other systems of national interest to defend their systems from sophisticated electronic cyber attacks.

It is also the initial point of contact for cyber security incidents impacting upon Australian networks.

More information about CERT Australia is available from the CERT Australia website

IT Security Expert Advisory Group (ITSEAG)

The IT Security Expert Advisory Group (ITSEAG) provides advice to the TISN on emerging IT security issues that will impact on Australia’s critical infrastructure sectors. It also oversights the TISN’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Community of Interest (COI). The ITSEAG membership consists of IT security experts from industry, Australian academia and the Australian Government. The ITSEAG has been formed to facilitate the consideration of IT security issues in relation to critical infrastructure resilience. The discussions include:

  • the dependence on IT within critical infrastructure
  • emerging IT security issues for IT systems supporting critical infrastructure
  • the efficacy of risk mitigation strategies for IT systems, and
  • the available IT security resources within Australia, including skills, products, services and research.

The ITSEAG have developed a range of papers to assist Critical Infrastructure owners and operators. These papers can be accessed from the IT Security Group page.

More information

View the Cyber Security page on the Attorney-General's department website.