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The Australian Federal Cabinet signed off on the appointment of the government’s first co-ordinator of cybersecurity. Following the major cyber-attacks against Optus and Medibank, the Home Affairs Minister had raised concerns that there was no functional cyber incident response mechanism within the government. Air Force Commander, Air Vice-Marshall Darren Goldie has been appointed into that role, and will be coordinating the response to significant incidents and better prepare businesses and government for future cyber incidents. He will be hitting the ground running, as Major Australian law firm, HWL Ebsworth, recently acknowledged that they had suffered a data breach of over 4 terabytes of data, including documents describing client and staff. Their clients include big corporations, banks and the Australian government.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast