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From Voluntary Action and Collaboration to Legislation and Classified Capabilities: Australia's Cyber Security Strategy 2020 Released

In July this year, we blogged about the Australian Government’s plan to release Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy (Strategy). On 6 August 2020, the Strategy was released after consultation with the public and industry actors.

The Strategy will invest $1.67 billion over the next 10 years – the largest ever financial commitment to cyber security – to create a more secure online world for Australians, our businesses and the essential services which we depend upon. This will be achieved through the following:

  • protection of critical infrastructure through:
    • greater powers for law enforcement agencies to target criminal activity on the dark web;
    • enhancing offensive cyber capabilities against offshore malicious actors; and
    • strengthening the defence of the Australian Government’s networks by centralising and uplifting the management and operations of the network;
  • development of a voluntary Code of Practice in consultation with businesses, which will set out the Government’s expectations for internet-connected consumer devices; and
  • assistance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to grow and increase their cyber security awareness and capabilities, such as through the provision of security information and cyber security tools/products to SMEs and a dedicated online cyber security training program.

The investment is a significant rise from the 2016 Cyber Security Strategy with a $230 million investment. This is not surprising in light of the increased malicious activity during the global COVID-19 pandemic and the Prime Minister’s recent announcement that Australian organisations were being targeted by a sophisticated state-based cyber actor.

While the Government aims to provide the tools and education, individuals and businesses must also take steps to secure their products and services, protect their consumers from known vulnerabilities, and practise secure online behaviours as we enter into a new era of cybercrime and cyber security.

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Cameron Abbott, Technology, Attorney, Australia, corporate, KL Gates Law Firm

Mr. Abbott is a corporate lawyer who focuses on technology, telecommunications and broadcasting transactions. He assists corporations and vendors in managing their technology requirements and contracts, particularly large outsourcing and technology procurements issues including licensing terms for SAP and Oracle and major system integration transactions.

Mr. Abbott partners with his clients to ensure market leading solutions are implemented in to their businesses. He concentrates on managing and negotiating complex technology solutions, which...

Keely O'Dowd, K&L Gates, attorney, Melbourne

Ms. O'Dowd is an experienced lawyer with a focus on technology and sourcing projects. She advises on a broad range of technology transactions, including procurement, outsourcing and software licensing. This work includes drafting and advising on a range of IT procurement and supply agreements. Ms. O'Dowd advises a range of corporations on privacy and cybersecurity.

Rebecca Gill Commercial Technology and Sourcing Lawyer Melbourne K&L Gates

Ms. Gill is a lawyer in our Corporate and Transactional team at the Melbourne office.

Primary Practice

Commercial Technology and Sourcing


  • J.D., Melbourne School of Law University of Melbourne, 2018
  • B.A., University of Melbourne, 2014
  • Certificate I in Vocational Preparation, Australian Employment and Training Solutions, 2014