A Cyberthreat Reality Check

Cybersecurity is now an official national priority for Australia. So how would we respond to an attack on the country’s critical infrastructure? And what makes Australia vulnerable?

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find a security expert who doesn’t think a major cyberattack with potentially devastating consequences is a case of when, not if.

There were 47,000 cyber incidents in Australia alone last year. An ‘incident’ is defined as one or more unexpected events that are likely to compromise an organisation’s operations. That’s 128 a day. Five every hour.

Many of them are online scams or frauds.But the rest are more serious, often aimed at disrupting businesses, sometimes destroying them; stealing secrets and compromising operations; making money and costing companies both cash and reputation.

In the second instalment of the Asialink 'This is Not a Drill' series, Ali Moore brings together a diverse panel of cybersecurity experts, health and energy  leaders, to test Australia's preperadness for cyber attack.

This interactive event was held at Melbourne's Wheeler Centre and first broadcast on ABC television in Australia on Sunday 24 June, 2018.

Read Ali Moore's article on the Australian Cyberthreat in Pursuit

View the first instalment of the series: A Hypothetical Crisis on the South China Sea

Banner image by West Point - The U.S. Military Academy

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Erin Watson-Lynn

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