Cyber Security Roundtable

Prime Minister agrees more collaboration needed for nation’s cyber security strategy

By Robert Morrish, CEO

Australia’s national strategy for cyber security will continue to expand in scope as government, public sector and private enterprises like Haventec collaborate more.

This is partly a natural progression, as more intelligence is shared, more opportunities are identified; though it’s also because the real innovations in this field are very new.

On 19 April I was invited by Craig Davies, CEO of the Cyber Security Growth Network, to participate in a roundtable with PM Malcolm Turnbull and a handful of CEOs about challenges and opportunities in Australia’s cyber security industry.

In his introduction to the report the PM noted: “The conversation has shifted – in government, in business and for individuals. Trust and confidence through cyber security is becoming economic and security currency for Australia…

…The cooperation between government and business is stronger and deeper; boardrooms and Commonwealth agency heads are more attuned to cyber risks. State and territory governments are engaged; and the tempo of international engagement is quickening.”

The Prime Minister interviewed me about the trials faced by Haventec and other cyber security start-ups in selling to Australian enterprise, remarking that reports from the February RSA Conference in San Francisco suggest US enterprises are keener to get ahead of the curve.

Alastair MacGibbon, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, pointed to the fact Australia now ranks fourth globally in patent filings in cyber security research and development as a very positive sign we’re making progress.

Though he also commented we need more collaboration between public and private sectors, and more investment in innovative technologies if we’re to deliver on early promise.

Access the full report “Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy: First Annual Update” via the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website.