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Budget 2018: Protecting the Territory against Cyber-crime

The Territory Labor Government is strengthening the NT Government's cyber security capability with a $1.5 million investment over three years as part of Budget 2018.

The funding is in response to the escalating cyber threat environment and supporting the new NT Government Cyber Security Governance Framework.

Treasurer, Nicole Manison said as part of Budget 2018, $1.5 million will be invested over the next three years and $850,000 ongoing to strengthen cyber security protection.

“Every single Territorian, no matter where they live, deserves to be and feel safe, to have access to high quality services,” Ms Manison said.

“The Territory Labor Government is investing in cyber protection to ensure sensitive citizen data is protected and government services are not disrupted through cyber-crime.

This investment will enhance security controls to government's ICT network, establish a Cyber Security Operations Centre and improve cyber security awareness across government and the community.

“With cyber-crime and attacks an ever present threat to our privacy, security and financial bottom-line, cyber security is now one of the most critical strategic issues for organisations globally. While digital connectivity is vital for government's business, the escalating threat of cyber intrusion, with the potential to compromise or steal information or disrupt services, presents a significant and increasing business risk.”

Ms Manison said a Cyber Security Operations Centre will also be established to provide a centralised base for cyber analysts, engineers and forensic specialist staff to collaborate on preventative measures and respond to cyber incidents.

The Centre will monitor agency ICT systems to identify a possible cyber-attack or intrusion, determine if it is a real and malicious threat, and consider potential business impact.

“While the key focus is risk mitigation, preventing successful cyber-attacks requires a community of cyber-aware, vigilant users. To this end, cyber security awareness programs will be contemporised, digitised and expanded both within government and to broader audiences, including vulnerable user groups such as seniors and Aboriginal Territorians, along with community sectors that may not realise their risks such as youth and local small businesses.”


Media contact: Lesley Major 0419 288 284