Following the recent creation of the “cyber czar” post by the Obama administration, Australia is looking to the United States for feasible upgrades to its own cybersecurity.
The need for a centralized authority to facilitate better security protocols throughout Australia’s critical infrastructure has been highlighted by a number of cyber attacks in Australia against the government.
The Prime Minister’s website was subjected to a distributed denial of service attack in early September. Cyber investigation units were recently hacked after arresting and taunting a number of hackers in a forum. The global CIO for Symantec recently advocated for Australia to copy a number of the cyber reforms the United States is pursuing, particularly the creation of a cyber czar post and placing the protection of cyberspace a critical mission for national security. Other technology corporations with business in Australia are also pressing the government for increased protective efforts in cyberspace.