The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) expects intervention in the cyber attack response of companies considered critical infrastructure to only occur in “rare circumstances”. As described in the current form of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020, government assistance will be provided to entities in response to significant cyber attacks on Australian systems. Tech giants operating in Australia, such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Microsoft, and Salesforce, have all taken issue with these “last resort” powers. “In the rare circumstance of a serious cybersecurity incident impacting the availability of key critical infrastructure assets, Part 3A, Division 5 of the Bill provides a mechanism for government to directly assist an asset owner or operator in rapidly responding to, and remediating a cybersecurity incident,” the ASD explains in its submission [PDF] to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS). ASD may be requested by the Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs to assist in responding to a serious cybersecurity incident. The Minister for Home Affairs must consult with the asset owner or operator before authorising the Secretary to request ASD assistance, and the measures authorised must be “proportionate and technically feasible”. Before stepping in, the government must be… Read full this story
- Is it time to designate social media as 'critical infrastructure'?
- Banking industry is a target of choice for cyber-attacks: RBI
- China launches blistering attack accusing Australia of receiving funding from 'arms dealers' and having 'no reputation at all' after they were blamed for 'sophisticated state-based' cyber-attack on government agencies and businesses
- Banks putting customers at risk of cyber attacks due to old IT systems
- Maritime cyber attacks increase by 900% in three years
- Federal agencies warn foreign hackers are targeting critical infrastructure
- Hackers try to steal £1m transfer fee during football club cyber attack, report reveals
- Tennessee Valley Authority Hires Foreign H-1B Workers for ‘Critical Infrastructure’ Jobs
- China cyber attacks: Beijing’s misinformation war against Australia
- Otago, Auckland universities caught up in cyber attack
ASD says cyber attack intervention will be 'rare' under critical infrastructure Bill have 318 words, post on www.zdnet.com at February 15, 2021. This is cached page on Technology Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.