Australian government joins forces to combat cyber threats

The ongoing risk of cybersecurity breaches is continuing to plague Australian organisations. However, the government has taken steps forward in addressing these concerns.

At a two-on-two meeting in Sydney, the respective Defence Ministers of South Korea and Australia, Han Min-koo and Kevin Andrews discussed a range of issues surrounding security in the region. They were also joined by Foreign Ministers Yun Byung-se and Julie Bishop.

Cybersecurity was a key talking point, as the two countries stated their interest in continuing the development of international standards and shared practices. Both parties also agreed to jointly focus on risk prevention schemes and ensuring that networks worldwide are aware of conflict resolution methods.

Agreements will also be settled between computer emergency response teams from both countries to work together as a united force. For business, keeping on top of information security training will be critical in addressing changes in cyberspace and supporting efforts made by the two nations. 

The Australian government is also looking at developments a little closer to home. On September 30, students from various TAFEs and universities will have the opportunity to participate in the Cyber Security Challenge.

Described as a "hacking" competition, contestants will be tested on their communication and technical skills over a non-stop 24-hour period. This year's challenge takes the form of a traditional "capture the flag" scenario, in which teams will gain ground through each challenge they solve.

The aim of the event is to introduce young people to the possibilities for a career in the field of information security. As Australia starts to focus its outlook on global cybersecurity, preparing the future workforce as early as possible is a great step in providing stability in network safety moving forward.