The following is an excerpt from edition 11 of Behind the Dot magazine.
Times are changing with respect to how Australia is responding to the severity and frequency of cybercrime.
In April 2016, Prime Minister Turnbull released Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy, which aims to advance and protect Australia’s interests online. More recently, the Senate passed the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 which, according to the Australian Privacy and Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, “…will strengthen the protections afforded to everyone’s personal information, and will improve transparency in the way that the public and private sectors respond to serious data breaches.”
Since 2014, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has brought together cyber security capabilities across Defence, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Crime Commission in a single location. The ACSC “is a hub for greater collaboration and information sharing with the private sector, state and territory governments, academia and international partners to combat the full range of cyber threats”.
Over time the AFP has seen the rising use and dependence on technology as one of the major influences on the domestic and international law enforcement operating environment. Traditional crimes such as fraud, scams and harassment are increasingly facilitated using technology, which are described as high-tech crimes, otherwise known as cybercrime.