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Northern Territory Government to establish Cyber Security Operations Centre

The Northern Territory (NT) Government in Australia has announced an investment of A$1.5 million over three years as part of Budget 2018 to strengthen NT Government's cyber security capability.

The press release states that the funding is in response to the escalating cyber threat environment and supporting the new NT Government Cyber Security Governance Framework. It aims to ensure that sensitive citizen data is protected and government services are not disrupted through cyber-crime.

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

A Cyber Security Operations Centre will 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.

The key focus will be on risk mitigation. Recognising the face that preventing successful cyber-attacks requires a community of cyber-aware, vigilant users, 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.

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

“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 added.

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