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Burden falls on Archives boss to make case for cybersecurity boost

Assistant minister to the Attorney-General Amanda Stoker said there was an opportunity now for the Archives to look at how it could “connect the dots” between its work and that being done elsewhere in government. She anticipated it could take five years to implement key elements of the review.

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Mr Fricker acknowledged that, saying the Archives was working closely with the Australian Cyber Security Centre and intelligence agencies to boost its technology and strengthen the security level of its systems.

“The challenge is now on us and on our institution, to make sure that we invest every dollar we have as wisely as possible, that we don’t duplicate effort where we can plug into whole of government initiatives,” he said.

The Archives’ head of information and technology, Yaso Arumugam, told the committee the institution wasn’t yet at the compliance level it wanted on the government’s cybersecurity mitigation strategies but that could only be achieved “within the affordability of our budget”.

Labor cybersecurity spokesman Tim Watts said the Tune review response fell well short of what was needed.

“The Morrison government has today agreed with Tune’s recommendation and acknowledged the urgency of addressing this serious national security threat, it now needs to deliver the long-overdue funding investment as a matter of priority,” he said.

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