$10.6 million boost to strengthen cyber security through DTA

Release Date: 
10 May 2017
Media release

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, The Hon. Angus Taylor
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, The Hon. Dan Tehan MP

The Australian Government will deliver more reliable and robust digital services with $10.6 million to improve cyber security culture and practice.

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, said the funding, over four years, would see a new advisory function set up within the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) to ensure cyber security is central to new ICT projects and capabilities.

The investment builds on the $230 million the government has already committed through Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy.

“The new cyber security advisory function will work with government agencies to ensure they appropriately manage the risks of cyber vulnerabilities on digital services,” Assistant Minister Taylor said.

“As part of the DTA’s recently expanded responsibilities, major government ICT and digital projects are being

assessed to gauge how they’re progressing, how much they’re costing, whether or not they’re delivering the promised benefits, and that potential risks are being properly managed.

“The new function brings an additional layer of oversight into this process and ensures cyber security remains front and centre for all government ICT and digital projects.”

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan said the new function addressed important recommendations from last year’s eCensus review.

“The government’s Cyber Security Strategy emphasises the need for strong, reliable and robust cyber security functions across all government agencies,” Mr Tehan said.

“This new DTA advisory function will provide central governance and oversight for cyber security and significantly reduce risks and vulnerabilities for ICT and digital projects.

“The Government will provide more cyber security support to small agencies that are more likely to have limited capability to develop or procure ICT services that were robust and cyber secure.”