Telco Sector Security Reform (TSSR) plan commentary

Statement to be attributed to Michael Shepherd , Regional Managing Director ANZ at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

“The approval of the bill by the Federal Government yesterday evening is positive testimony of the Government’s focus on protecting Australia, and its citizens, from cyber threats.”

“Crucial to any change in legislation being effective is the introduction of better two way information sharing between industry and government. One side cannot shoulder the entirety of the burden and the greater the information pool available, the more resilient our telecommunications networks will be.”

“We are pleased to hear the Government’s commitment to foster ongoing collaboration with industry and vendor stakeholders, and its plan to adopt all recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.”

“The 12 month implementation and further consultation period will be instrumental in providing clarity on the basic standards required for the cyber resiliency of critical infrastructure. This period will help form concrete steps on how industry and government can put information-sharing into action, ensuring that legislation supports cybersecurity needs without hindering innovation.”

“Initiatives BAE Systems Applied Intelligence supports include a comprehensive real time threat intelligence sharing scheme and regular sharing of best practice cyber resiliency measures between industry and government. This is especially important as the cyber threat landscape continues to evolve and new threats to critical infrastructure emerge”