Joint media release - Strengthening Australia’s cyber expertise

Release details

Release type

Related ministers and contacts

Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

The Hon Peter Dutton MP

Minister for Home Affairs

The Hon Angus Taylor MP

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security

Media contacts

Minister Payne’s Office – 02 6277 7800

Minister Dutton’s Office – 02 6277 7860

Minister Taylor’s Office – Alicja Rudz 0481 907 178

Release content

11 April 2018

Cyber security experts from across Australia and around the world will come together at the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) conference in Canberra this week to focus on the latest national cyber threats and security challenges.

The conference provides the opportunity for hundreds of leading experts from government and industry to discuss the latest threats, mitigations and advances in cyber security, as well as forge new partnerships.

The Minister for Defence Marise Payne said all governments, industry and individuals must be proactive about protecting themselves online.

“We must work together to share threat information and learn from each other to ensure Australians are kept safe and secure online,” Senator Payne said.

“The conference is run by the ACSC, which will operate as part of the Australian Signals Directorate from 1 July this year. This sponsorship from Australia’s lead centre for cyber security ensures the knowledge gained will go straight to the operational experts in business, government and academia.”

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said a ‘safe’ cyber space is essential for a prosperous and secure nation.

“The public’s access to and dependence on a ‘safe’ internet is as important as its access to other essential services, such as the supply of water,” Mr Dutton said.

“The conference will advance our knowledge and capabilities and provide a platform for ongoing partnerships to counter cyber threats.

“We are pleased to have international partners sharing their experiences with us. As we know the threat isn’t constrained by borders.”

The Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor said the conference is a unique opportunity to collaborate with private sector across the globe and focus on advancing Australia’s national cyber defence capabilities.

“Developing a coordinated national cyber defence program to enhance our national security is a key priority for the Turnbull Government and strong partnerships with industry are integral to achieving this,” Mr Taylor said.

“Cyber defence capabilities are strengthened with coordinated cyber activities between government and industry, increased data sharing, and coordinated threat exercises and tracking.

“Working together with industry, including throughout this conference, will ensure we continue to deliver on our world-leading Cyber Security Strategy.”

For further information and to view the full program visit:   




Other related releases