According to the Government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), threats can range from foreign state-sponsored cyber espionage, cyber attacks that seek to disrupt critical infrastructure, to petty criminals using government records to defraud, or steal individual identities. According to the ACSC Threat Report, over the period of 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, the ACSC responded to 2,266 cyber security incidents and received 59,806 cyber crime reports at an average of 164 cyber crime reports per day, or one report every 10 minutes.
The cyber threat landscape is massive and spans many jurisdictions. Cyber security is not just a technical ICT challenge. Many government bodies work interdependently, but share information. This includes sensitive areas like defence and policing. That is why having a common cyber security and policy framework that applies to all government organisations is essential.
As the ICT environments become more powerful and cyber bad actors gain access to ever more sophisticated tools, the demand for finite cyber security skills becomes ever greater, This is especially challenging for independent government agencies competing for a highly sought after specialist workforce.