Australia is unprepared for cyber war

Multiple reports and intelligence experts warn that the nation is unprepared for cyber attacks nor the disruption that would follow, even as the threat has increased.

Like many nations, Australia is not sufficiently prepared for cyber warfare. In a study published by the University of New South Wales at Canberra, Greg Austin writes that few governments have started to consider or financially plan for the civil defense force needed to maintain national stability in cyber space, both to support their military operations as well as to protect its citizens.

While governments worldwide have dedicated billions of dollars to purchase sophisticated weapons, a “cyber storm” attack could deter such weapons from operating or even reaching the frontline of modern warfare, as well as interrupting the support of its opponent’s military forces throughout the civil sector.

Why Australia is not prepared for cyber war

Austin has identified numerous civil defense gaps in preparing for a cyber attack, including research, legal, communication, and training.

Rory Medcalf, a senior intelligence analyst and former diplomat, trains Australia’s intelligence and defence officials at the National Security College in Canberra. He has argued that Australia is unprepared for an increasingly plausible cyber war. “In many ways, we may not even know when a cyber attack or indeed when a cyber campaign against Australian interests has begun,” he said.

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