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Australian cyber policy is a key theme of our work.  Here are some highlights. 

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  • Evaluating Cyber Policy Reform: Dr Greg Austin will speak at the Australian Cyber Security Conference in Canberra (20-22 March 2023) on this theme. Here is a synopsis.

As the Australian government launches yet another cyber security strategy, it would be timely to debate the benchmarks by which the new policies and their implementation can be evaluated. This session will explore three factors that can be central to such efforts -- a sense of urgency, a commitment to coherence, and investment of political capital for comprehensive (in-depth) reform. All three elements depend on shared leadership by governments, industry, and community actors (especially educators). These three elements were not as visible in the past six years of implementation by the leaders responsible as they needed to be.

The USA and the UK both have done better at cyber security reform than Australia. This session will compare and contrast the various experiences of the three countries, giving some prominence to the opportunities for better outcomes created by the Five Eyes intelligence alliance.


The session will also draw on the presenter's work with the IISS where he has coordinated research over three years on the cyber policies of 25 countries, including Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Russia, the US, the UK, Nigeria and Brazil.  This work for IISS also provides insight into the relationship between civil sector and national security cyber reforms.  In Australia, we see a mismatch between the high level commitment to and capability of government for cyber security in the national security field and the more desultory outcomes in the civil sector.  The session will look at possible explanations of this to see if anything can be learned for advancing the goals of urgency, coherence and depth.  


The session will draw on insights from the presenter's in-depth research over more than ten years on cyber policy  in Australia and China, his books on 'Cyber Security Education' and 'National Cyber Emergencies', and his work for the various ministries of defence on warfighting in future information environments.         

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