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Stakeholder backs government push for mandatory reporting of cyber attacks

Jacqueline Jayne, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4 APAC, has backed Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo’s call for mandatory reporting of cyber attacks.

Jacqueline Jayne, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4 APAC, has backed Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo’s call for mandatory reporting of cyber attacks.

Jayne, who has over 20 years’ experience as a 'conduit between people and technology', believes that transparency is needed in order to understand the impact of cyber security incidents.

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“When it comes to mandatory reporting of cyber attacks, I think it's a move in the right direction,” she said.

“We need more visibility and transparency to encourage more conversations about the actual impact and ferocity of cyber attacks or near misses.” 

The importance of a robust cyber security strategy has been in the spotlight in recent months after the federal government released the nation’s International Cyber and Critical Technology Engagement Strategy in April as part of Australia’s domestic and foreign policy strategy. 

Its significance was highlighted once again, after the Department of Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo told Senate estimates that mandatory reporting should be included “as an extension of the cyber security strategy.

According to Jayne, it would benefit the broader community to be aware and educated about cyber security incidents and its repercussions as it should be everyone’s responsibility.

“This would lead to more conversations and more understanding with an opportunity to educate and bring awareness of cyber security incidents to the mainstream," she added. 

“Mandatory reporting on cyber incidents can provide a positive move towards collaboration.

“Data can be used as a learning opportunity so that we can share findings, share stories, and then potentially share solutions within the cyber community.”

[Related: Australian government unveils International Cyber and Critical Technology Engagement Strategy]

Stakeholder backs government push for mandatory reporting of cyber attacks
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