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Cyber security

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Computer security
Cybersecurity
Information technology security measures
Internet security


Briefing paper

The first space-cyber war and the need for new regimes and policies

This policy brief makes the case that states should adopt national policies to defend against threats to space-based assets and applications, such as communications satellites, that are both vital to national security and economic security and increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Report

Administration of the Revised Protective Security Policy Framework

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of administration of physical security in the revised Protective Security Policy Framework.
Report

Many hands in the cookie jar

This study, conducted from March to November 2021, examines prior examples of state-sponsored cyber espionage to see what forms of response the U.S. government considered, what actions it took, and whether those actions changed adversary behaviour or affected other actors’ behaviour.
Policy report

Building genuine trust: a framework and strategy for Indigenous STEM and cyber pathways

The authors of this paper propose that the Australian Defence organisation should enact a wider set of supporting measures—particularly in data and reporting to track professional development—that’s more likely to create more sustainable success that delivers organisational improvements and outcomes for Indigenous staff recruitment and...
Report

UK, Australia and ASEAN cooperation for safer seas

A safe and secure Indo-Pacific maritime domain is vital to the UK, Australia and Southeast Asian states for their national prosperity. This report recommends UK–Australia–ASEAN cooperation to elevate and further explore the cyber–maritime security nexus.
Briefing paper

Understanding global disinformation and information operations

ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre has launched the Understanding Global Disinformation and Information Operations website, alongside this companion paper. The site provides a visual breakdown of the publicly-available data from state-linked information operations on social media.
Report

The two technospheres

The divergence of the Western and Chinese technospheres is a critical driver of cybersecurity concerns requiring the attention of both governments and the private sector around the world. This report provides a set of recommendations for action to mitigate the growing cybersecurity risks posed by...
Report

The UN norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace

This report, produced by APSI in partnership with Australia’s Cyber and Critical Technology Cooperation Program and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, is the result of a multi-year cyber-capacity building program focused on supporting the effective implementation of UN norms throughout ASEAN.
Report

WhatsApp in government: how ministers and officials should use messaging apps – and how they shouldn’t

This report looks at the increasing use of WhatsApp and other messaging apps in government, and their associated risks and benefits. These apps are useful but need to be used carefully to ensure the downsides – including a lack of transparency, poor communication and poor...
Policy report

Digital Southeast Asia

This report recommends Australia and India leverage their bilateral partnership in cyber and critical technologies to support inclusive digital development in Southeast Asia, and strengthen the foundations of Southeast Asia’s digital economy.
Report

The Internet of Things: China’s rise and Australia’s choices

The Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting a growing range of economic and social activity across national borders. This trend threatens to disadvantage Australia and requires policies to build up the country’s own technological capacities, while devising innovative ways to manage the risks entailed in...
Report

Digital lives of Australians 2021

Researchers sought feedback from more than 1,500 Australian consumers and more than 400 small business owners about their online needs and challenges. The research found that most consumers feel that the Internet has a positive impact on their lives. However, the research also found consumers...
Report

Digital technology in the not-for-profit sector: November 2021

The ongoing disruptions to the way we work posed by COVID-19 have emphasised how important it is for not-for-profits to have efficient and reliable technology in place. This report aims to recognise where areas of growth and improvement are needed across the sector, so that...
Report

The digital identity imperative

In this document, the authors provide five reasons why the management of digital identity and the identity landscape is critical for New Zealand businesses in a post-pandemic world.
Strategy

Ransomware action plan

This document outlines the capabilities and powers that Australia will use to combat ransomware, seeks feedback on other regulatory reforms or voluntary incentives needed to promote the cyber security resilience of our digital economy, and provides information on where victims can go for help.​
Report

The Pacific Fusion Centre: the challenge of sharing information and intelligence in the Pacific

This report examines the Australian-sponsored Pacific Fusion Centre (PFC), which is due to open permanent offices in Vanuatu later this year.
Report

System update: towards a women, peace and cybersecurity agenda

This report explores the relationship between the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda on the one hand, and cyber-enabled threats and cybersecurity on the other.
Report

Why Latin America should protect, not persecute, information security researchers

This report aims to increase awareness of the hostile environment for security research in four Latin American countries — Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico — and propose solutions to protect this important work.
Briefing paper

Digital government services: building for peak demand

This paper examines how the availability and deliverability of digital government services can be achieved in the face of unpredictable demand.
Policy report

Exfiltrate, encrypt, extort: the global rise of ransomware and Australia’s policy options

All governments, civil society groups and businesses—large and small—need to know how to manage and mitigate the risk of ransomware, but organisations can’t deal with the attacks on their own. This policy report addresses key areas in Australia where new policies and strategies and improved...