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Publication Launch: Cyber Maturity in the Asia-Pacific Region 2016

Speaker: The Hon Dan Tehan MP and Dr Tobias Feakin
Date: 10th Nov 2016 5:15pm 10th Nov 2016 6:30pm
Venue: ASPI Offices. L2, 40 Macquarie St, Barton ACT

The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, launched the 2016 Cyber Maturity report with Dr Tobias Feakin, ASPI’s Director of National Security Programs & Head of the International Cyber Policy Centre. 

During welcoming remarks Hon Dan Tehan MP congratulated Dr Tobias Feakin, on his new appointment as Ambassador for Cyber Affairs. He highlighted the importance of Australia’s Cyber Strategy reflected by Australia’s move from 5th to 4th place in the 2016 Cyber Maturity report. Hon Dan Tehan MP mentioned the Australian government will work toward improving resources and critical infrastructure to ensure Australia will continue to move up in the ranking.

Dr Tobias Feakin explained the report is the culmination of 12 months’ research by the ASPI International Cyber Policy Centre which provides a starting point for a national level and regional discussion to raise a level of awareness and transparency. It assesses the approach of 23 regional countries to the challenges and opportunities that cyberspace presents, in terms of their governance structure, legislation, law enforcement, military, business and social engagement with cyber policy and security issues.

Dr Feakin highlighted that on the regional level, we continue to see Asia Pacific as a driver of economic growth (5.3% GDP growth) but there is also an increasing arc of instability in the region with activities in cyberspace often mimicking what happens in the territorial world. Two trends which have proved most concerning over the past year that have a regional consequences include; critical infrastructure targeting and the use of information as a weapon (weaponisation of data). 

Dr Feakin concluded noting that Australia’s goal should be to help raise capacity of neighbours and encourage positive policy choices for the prosperity of our region. An engaging Q&A session followed.