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Critical infrastructure at risk of cyber attacks

July 01, 2019 / Judy Skatssoon

The rise of automated operational technology poses an increasing risk to Australia’s critical infrastructure including systems that provide food, water, energy, transport, communications and healthcare, a strategic policy think tank says. A new report launched in Canberra on Monday says increasing connectivity via the Internet of Things has brought both “benefits and new risks that Australia is not yet prepared for”. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) identifies significant shortfalls among Australian critical national infrastructure providers, many of which are government agencies or government-owned entities. These include a skills shortage as well as a lack of understanding of the specific risks of operational systems and the appropriate commercial solutions. It also found a “concerning” gap in knowledge and experience on boards. Author Rajiv Shah said while the importance of data security is gener...