Earlier this week, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop unveiled the new International Cyber Engagement Strategy (ICES). The details of the document are interesting but it sends an important signal to businesses. Cybersecurity is not a technical challenge. It's a challenge that permeates almost everything we do as a nation, at work and in our personal lives.
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Australia's Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Dan Tehan, closed out the round of opening keynotes at this years RSA Conference for the Australia Pacific and Japan region. During his address Tehan painted a gloomy picture of our region. But in that doom and gloom he suggested Australia could be a leader in helping the region become stronger while giving the Australian economy a boost as we take the challenges of the region and turn them into opportunities. But the speech and the follow up interview we scored were light on for details.
If you have any interest in information security, you'll know that the last year or so has been nothing short of incredible. Following Edward Snowden's leaks to the press, we now know that there has been systematic, broad and deep surveillance of online activity at a scale that could not have been previously imagined. Beyond simply snooping, the revelations pointed to infiltration of the hardware and software we rely on to secure our communications.