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30 April 2021

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
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

TIM WATTS
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CYBER SECURITY
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS
MEMBER FOR GELLIBRAND



MORRISON GOVERNMENT LEFT BEHIND ON RANSOMWARE ACTION

Labor welcomes a report released overnight by the Institute for Security and Technology’s (IST) Ransomware Taskforce recommending significant government action to address the destructive scourge of ransomware, echoing calls by Labor in our recent Ransomware Discussion Paper which called for a National Ransomware Strategy.  

The taskforce consists of a coalition of policymakers, the private sector and academia, including the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) , the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s National Cybercrime Coordination Unit (NC3).

The primary recommendation of the report is for the development of a comprehensive strategy that prioritises international diplomatic and law enforcement efforts to tackle ransomware through a framework with four goals: deter, disrupt, prepare and respond.

While our major security partners are recognising the need for a plan to tackle this billion dollar scourge plaguing business, we have yet to hear the Morrison Government’s strategy to address this critical threat to Australia’s economy and society.

Just in the last week we’ve seen ransomware attacks on two Brisbane hospitals and a Geelong secondary school. This followed the major ransomware attack on the Nine Network last month.

Australian businesses deserve a government that is on their side. It’s beyond time the Morrison Government developed a National Ransomware Strategy, rather than continuing to play the blame game with businesses who are victims of ransomware attacks.

FRIDAY, 30 APRIL 2021