SENATOR KRISTINA KENEALLY
DEPUTY LABOR LEADER IN THE SENATE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
TIM WATTS MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CYBER SECURITY
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS
GOVERENMENT TAKES UP LABOR’S CALLS FOR NATIONAL RANSOMWARE STRATEGY
The Morrison-Joyce Government has finally heeded Labor's calls for a national ransomware strategy to combat this billion-dollar scourge menacing Australian businesses and threatening jobs and investment.
Labor has been calling for a national ransomware strategy since February. In June we acted when the government wouldn’t, introduce the Ransomware Payments Bill 2021 to Parliament.
Nine months later, and many major ransomware attacks later, we finally see some movement from the government to address this urgent threat.
But it’s always too little, too late from this government. It’s failed to act for months despite an onslaught of attacks against Australian organisations this year including multiple health and hospital networks, the Nine network, and JBS Meats, our biggest meat supplier.
Instead, it’s simply blamed the victims, telling businesses it’s up to them to protect themselves against increasingly sophisticated and well-resourced cyber-criminals.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre has been warning for 12 months that ransomware is the highest cyber threat facing businesses, with a 15% increase in reported attacks over the last year.
With only a few Parliamentary sitting weeks left in the year and more consultation on its proposed ransom payment reporting scheme to be done, this looks like yet another announcement with no delivery from the Morrison-Joyce Government.
It’s a familiar pattern from this government. One of Mr Morrison’s first actions when coming to office was to abolish the dedicated cyber security minister and it’s been at the bottom of the government’s to-do list ever since.
Labor will examine the details of today’s announcement closely.
WEDNESDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2021