Australia’s peak industry body for technology, The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), gives support to cyber security strategy


Australia’s peak industry body for innovation technology, The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), today supports the Prime Minister’s new four-year cyber security strategy, designed to combat online fraudsters and empower businesses to be more cyber vigilant.

Entitled, ‘Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020’, part of the package allows small and medium-sized businesses to upgrade their cyber security and resilience – including an $8.3 million Cyber Security Connect and Protect Program

The AIIA CEO, Ron Gauci, said: “We know that critical infrastructure is increasingly becoming a target for cyber crime. Operational technology used in critical infrastructure, manufacturing, sensors or building controllers traditionally operate on separate networks with different protocols. In recent years we have seen the line blurred with these devices becoming IP-enabled or connected to IoT-type devices.

“We appreciate that the Prime Minister has listened and understands the need to continue investment and support with cyber security – as evident by The Cyber Security Review, which was led by The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, which highlighted that cybercrime is costing the Australian economy in excess of $1 billion annually in direct costs alone.