The frequency of cyber attacks is increasing
A parliamentary committee has advised urgent reforms are needed to protect Australia’s critical infrastructure from cyber threats.
Sky News Australia discussed the matter with Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security Chairman Senator James Paterson, who said independent experts believed Australia was under a cyber threat from foreign state actors.
“They believe that it is possible that there are foreign state actors who are prepositioned on our critical infrastructure networks such as electricity, water, gas, financial system – and this positioning could be activated. as a prelude to a regional crisis, âPaterson said.
âAs a means of weakening Australia and preventing us from projecting our power and protecting our interests and values ââin the region.
Mr Paterson said Australian critical infrastructure providers are also vulnerable to threats from non-state actors such as criminal gangs seeking to profit from ransomware.
âThere is an attack every 32 minutes or so on a critical infrastructure provider in cyberspace and government and industry need to do a lot more to protect these critical providersâ¦ of systemic importance to our country.