The scale and sophistication of cyber threats continue to increase. Australians are increasingly reliant on the internet and the internet-connected devices we use daily. The digital economy is the future of Australia’s economy. Our experience with the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated this by highlighting how much Australians interact and work online, trusting the internet for healthcare, working from home, education, entertainment and online shopping. It is more important than ever to protect Australians online from those who would do us harm.

Cyber security allows families and businesses to prosper from the digital economy, just as pool fences provide peace of mind for households. Cyber security needs to be a fundamental and integrated part of everyday life, enabling Australians to reap the benefits of the internet safely and with confidence.

Through this strategy, the Australian government will attempt to build trust in the online world by supporting businesses’ cyber resilience, including by sharing threat information, setting clear expectations of roles and strengthening partnerships.

This strategy will invest $1.67 billion over 10 years - this includes:

  • Protecting and actively defending the critical infrastructure that all Australians rely on, including cyber security obligations for owners and operators.
  • Stronger defences for government networks and data.
  • Stronger partnerships with industry through the Joint Cyber Security Centre program.
  • Clear guidance for businesses and consumers about securing Internet of Things devices.
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