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Critical Infrastructure

Butchers, bakers and USB stick makers – why Australia's new Critical Infrastructure Bill affects everyone

Monday 25 October 2021

12:00PM – 1:00PM

About the event

In this session we will be joined by guest speakers from across cyber security and critical infrastructure sectors to discuss the proposed reforms and what they could mean for businesses large, medium and small. 

Around the world we have seen a growing range of cyber security threats levelled against critical infrastructure, including the recent high-profile SolarWinds, Exchange, and Colonial Pipeline attacks. To date, Australia has been lucky to avoid a catastrophic cybersecurity incident against its critical infrastructure sector. However, in its 2020-21 Annual Threat Report, the Australian Cyber Security Centre confirmed that Australia’s Critical Infrastructure continues to be an attractive target to a range of cyber adversaries – with approximately one quarter of reported cyber incidents impacting Australia’s critical infrastructure or essential services.  It is widely acknowledged that the loss of an essential service could have devastating impacts across Australia.  

In our increasingly interconnected world, improving the security and resilience of critical infrastructure entities is essential to protecting Australia’s economy and national security. Last year, the government introduced the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 into the Federal Parliament. The Bill includes important measures aimed to improve security and resilience across the country’s critical infrastructure sectors.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Broadening the definition of Critical Infrastructure from four to eleven sectors.
  • Enhancing security obligations via sector-specific rules across cyber, supply chains, physical and personnel security.
  • Establishing government assistance powers.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

 

Disclaimer – This event is not intended to provide legal advice. Organisations should do their own research and obtain legal advice on whether the Bill applies to them and the exact details of what they must do.

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