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Turnbull Government protecting businesses from Cyber Crime attacks

Melissa Price said the Durack community had helped make Australia more cyber secure as the Government today marked the one year anniversary of launching Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy.

“Governments, businesses and individuals all have an important role to ensure Australia’s cyber security,” Ms Price said.

“According to the Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy first annual update, 59 per cent of organisations in Australia detected a business-interrupting security breach at least once a month in 2016. 

“Cybercrime is the most visible and damaging aspect of the cyber threat for the majority of internet users in Durack. 

“That’s why the Government is putting more digital cops on the beat and working closely with partners to understand how to counter cybercriminals.

“We have also been delivering key initiatives from the Cyber Security Strategy to further enhance cyber security and to position Australia to take advantage of a safer digital world.

“We are also improving education and pathways for young people so can they target a career in the growing field of cyber security.” 

Ms Price said there were a number of online websites that provided information about improving cyber security and how to report suspicious behaviour.

“Individuals, families and small businesses that want to know more about improving their cyber security should visit the Stay Smart Online website ( ) or the Children’s eSafety Commissioner ( ),” Ms Price said.

“Scamwatch ( provides information about online scams, including phishing, and is a place to report scams to authorities.

“Businesses should visit the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (Acorn) ( for advice on cybercrime and as a place to report crime” Ms Price said. 

Since the launch of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy Cyber the Government has:
• Opened the first Joint Cyber Threat Centre in Brisbane, which is the first stage of a $47 million program piloting collaborative work spaces where industry, government and law enforcement work together and share relevant threat information.
• Established the Cyber Security Growth Network with $31.9 million in funding to ensure Australian businesses can take advantage of opportunities in the global cyber security industry.
• Approved construction to start later this year for the $38.8 million fitout and relocation of the Australian Cyber Security Centre to Brindabella Park in Canberra. The new centre will be home to the Government’s cyber agencies The new multi-classified space will allow business and academia to more easily work side-by-side with Government to share information and counter cyber security threats.
• Committed a further $3.45 million to help address Australia’s shortage of skilled cyber security professionals via the establishment of Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence. 

Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy First Annual Update 2017 can be downloaded at

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