The Australian Government’s 2009 Cyber Security Strategy states that cyber security is one of Australia’s top-tier national security priorities. It highlights that Australia’s national security, economic prosperity and social wellbeing are critically dependent upon the availability, integrity and confidentiality of a range of information and communications technologies.
There is a growing threat from state and non-state actors who compromise, steal, change or destroy information and information systems upon which societies depend. This report examines the nature of the cyber challenge confronting Australia and how such a threat can be better addressed. Australia may well have reached a “tipping point” where the current trajectory of cyber responses is being rapidly outpaced by the evolving threat.