In a decade, ransomware software has grown from a tool by hackers to extort individuals for hundreds of dollars, to an underworld service-for-hire among criminals to shakedown entire industries for hundreds of millions. Cryptocurrency, meanwhile, has proven an ideal means of paying ransom to shadowy gangs across borders.
The government is looking to mandate that non-corporate Commonwealth entities implement the Essential Eight cyber security mitigation strategies.
The Attorney General’s Department quietly announced its intention to mandate the Essential Eight in a response to the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit’s inquiry into an Auditor-General’s report on cyber resilience.
Australia’s rapidly evolving geostrategic neighbourhood is setting the scene for a major challenge to the nation’s traditional approach to strategic policy development. Recognising this, Professor John Blaxland explains the growing need for a geostrategic SWOT analysis to inform the nation’s strategic direction.