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Cyber security


​​​​​2020 Cyber Security Strategy Industry Advisory Panel

On 25 November 2019 the Minister for Home Affairs announced the membership of the 2020 Cyber Security Strategy Industry Advisory Panel. The Panel was established to provide strategic advice and guidance on the development of the 2020 Strategy.

The Panel membership was:

  • Mr Andrew Penn (Chair) - Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Telstra
  • Mr Robert Mansfield AO - Chair, Vocus Group
  • Ms Robyn Denholm - Board Chair, Tesla
  • Mr Chris Deeble AO CSC - Chief Executive, Northrop Grumman Australia
  • Mr Darren Kane - Chief Security Officer, NBN Co
  • Ms Kirstjen Nielsen (appointed on 18 December 2019) - Former US Secretary of Homeland Security

Panel’s Report

On 21 July 2020, the Panel released their final report. See media release.

The Panel’s recommendations address the full spectrum of cyber security threats - from threats that target vulnerable people in Australia every day to sophisticated state based actors.

These recommendations were informed by listening to a wide range of stakeholders including senior leaders in small, medium and large businesses, government, peak groups, and other interested stakeholders​.

This also included feedback from 1,400 stakeholders that participated in face-to-face consultation led by the Department of Home Affairs between September 2019 and February 2020, and 156 publicly available written submissions​.

The Panel believes that cyber security is a team effort. Large enterprises, small and medium businesses, and Government all have shared platforms, common customers, and all are the target of attacks. We all, therefore, play a role and share an accountability in keeping Australians safe.

Government response to the Industry Advisory Panel report

On 6 August 2020, the Australian Government responded to the Industry Advisory Panel’s report by releasing the Cyber Security Strategy 2020​

The Strategy aligns with the recommendations of the Industry Advisory Panel, and notes that an Industry Advisory Committee will be established to guide implementation. ​