How ASD plans on spending $9.9 billion on cybersecurity—and find the staff

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Australia’s federal election is now set for 21 May, but bipartisan commitment to budget commitments such as the government’s $9.9 billion cybersecurity investment has already allowed the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) to plan for a nationwide expansion and big changes in how it executes its cybersecurity mission.

What Redspice will do for Australian cybersecurity

The newly announced Redspice (Resilience, Effects, Defence, Space, Intelligence, Cyber, and Enablers) initiative, which will see $9.9 billion invested in bolstering Australia’s national cybersecurity capabilities over the next decade, will double the ASD’s size with the addition of 1,900 new jobs.

Its expansion is expected to triple Australia’s current offensive cyber capability, double its persistent cyber-hunting capabilities, and quadruple its global footprint, as well as drive investments in new technologies including advanced AI, machine learning, and cloud-based technologies.

Redspice—whose overall plan is contained within a formal Redspice blueprint—has been welcomed as a game-changer for Australia’s cybersecurity capabilities, with Minister for Defence Peter Dutton saying that the investment “will substantially increase ASD’s offensive cyber capabilities, its ability to detect and respond to cyberattacks, and introduce new intelligence capabilities.”

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