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Australia to spend nearly $1 billion to boost cyber security

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 30, 2020
Australia will spend A$1.35 billion ($926.1 million) over the next 10 years to boost its cyber security defences, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday, as Canberra seeks to combat a wave of attacks.
Scott Morrison
Prime Minister   Scott Morrison
The announcement comes just weeks after Australia said a “sophisticated state-based actor” has been attacking all levels of the government, political bodies, essential service providers and operators of critical infrastructure.

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“The federal government’s top priority is protecting our nation’s economy, national security and sovereignty. Malicious cyber activity undermines that,” Morrison said in a statement.

The package will include A$470 million to hire an extra 500 security experts in the Australian Signals Directorate, the country’s cyber intelligence agency.

The funding is part of a A$15 billion investment in cyber warfare capabilities, Australia’s Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said.


 

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