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National Security policy to cover cyber security

Cyber security will be a priority under the Prime Minister’s new National Security Division which has been dubbed Australia’s equivalent of the US Department of Homeland Security. Secretary of the department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Peter Shergold said the new division will oversee all security agencies and national infrastructure initiatives and will set the policy agenda. “It is the number-one agency for the commonwealth with regards to security matters and IT is a component of that; the division will make sure cyber security is included in policy,” he said. While the US Homeland Security department bought together immigration, the Coastguard and other agencies, Shergold pointed out that it excluded the FBI whereas government agencies in Australia including the Attorney General’s department, Defence, ASIS and the Australian Federal Police will be reporting to the new division across the board. Full Story

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