WA government allocates AU$25.5 million to expand cybersecurity services

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The Western Australian government has announced it will invest AU$25.5 million to expand the state’s cybersecurity services.

The funding, provided under the state government’s AU$500 million Digital Capability Fund, will be used to ensure that the state’s cyber capabilities can facilitate secure inter-agency data exchanges and prevent, detect and respond to cyber threats. react.

Notably, this includes bolstering the Office of Digital Government’s cybersecurity unit with additional staff to make it the state’s “largest dedicated cybersecurity team” and establishing a new dedicated home for the state’s new cybersecurity operations center.

“Cyber ​​threats continue to evolve, so by investing in our world-class Cyber ​​Security Operations Center, Western Australians can rest assured that key government departments they have access to will remain secure and that their information will remain secure,” Minister of Innovation and ICT Stephen Dawson said.

The announcement comes on the same day that Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned organizations to prioritize trust over cost and efficiency when it comes to data security, pointing to the recent cyberattacks in Ukraine as lessons for organizations to learn from.

“I tell you, especially in a more troubled world, especially from a data security standpoint, supply chains are now frankly more about trust than efficiency or cost,” Morrison said at the official opening of Macquarie Telecom’s new AU. $85 million hyperscale data center in Sydney.

Earlier this week, the federal government launched an AU$89 million cybercrime center specifically aimed at preventing cybercriminals from defrauding, stealing and defrauding Australians.

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