Putting up our Cyber Shield
We’ve mentioned that PM Anthony Albanese is in the US this week, and while there’s lots to see and do, it’ll be hard to beat his appearance with Microsoft boss Brad Smith to herald in the tech giant’s $5 billion investment in Australia’s cybersecurity capabilities. A big chunk of it will go towards working with the Australian Signals Directorate – our national cybersecurity agency – on building capabilities to fend off bad online actors. Not the YouTube kind – we’re talking hackers etc.… Officially called the ‘Cyber Shield’, the partnership is part of Australia’s aim “to become a world-leading cyber secure and resilient nation by 2030”. The Microsoft money is also going towards expanding the company’s cloud computing footprint in Australia. Next up for the PM: a state dinner at the White House, with the Rugby League chief Peter V’landys getting the call-up as a guest of honour…
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