Have Your Say on Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy


In early September 2019, the Australian Government released a public discussion paper seeking views about priorities for the Australian 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.

The Department of Home Affairs wants to seek as many views as possible about the way to bets protect Australian families, businesses and critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

What is Cyber Security?

According to Wikipedia, computer security, cyber security or information technology security is the protection of computer systems from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.

Cost of Cybercrime in Australia

It is estimated that cybercrime cost the Australian economy $1 billion in 2018.

According to Accenture’s latest Cost of Cybercrime study, data loss and business disruption were the biggest expense resulting from attacks, making up three-quarters of the overall cost to Australian companies.

How to Contribute to the Australian 2020 Cyber Security Strategy

Strengthening Australia’s cyber security has never been more important to our economic prosperity and national security, and there are a number of ways you can contribute, including:

1. Contribute to the Discussion Paper

You can contribute your views by submitting a response to the questions posed in the Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy Discussion Paper.

2. Attend the Open Forum

The Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre are holding a series of open forums, including one in Brisbane on Friday 18 October 2019 to support the development of Australia's 2020 Cyber Security Strategy. Find out more and register for the forum.

How to Protect Your SME Business from Cyber Crime

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has developed prioritised mitigation strategies to help organisations mitigate cyber security incidents caused by various cyber threats. The most effective of these mitigation strategies are known as the ‘Essential Eight’.  

Surety IT recommends all SME businesses confirm to the Essential Eight. Contact Us today to discuss how we can help you confirm the Essential Eight to protect your business from cyber crime.


About the Author

Geoff Stewart is a highly experienced and skilled IT Challenger at Surety IT. His knowledge is based on years of industry experience having created customised, stable, well performing systems both for multi-national companies in the UK and Australia and Surety IT customers.

Surety IT’s mission is to address and overcome the 4 biggest problems businesses have with their IT systems and support which are: poorly performing systems, unreliable systems, unresponsive IT support and poor IT related advice. 

We’ve developed a proprietary process that allows us to do that by: thoroughly understanding your business requirements, gaining an in-depth knowledge of your IT systems, identifying mission critical technology issues vital to your business performance and ensuring our ‘Solution Path’ process is specifically designed and tailored for you with value based solutions and support.

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