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THE HON DAN TEHAN MP MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR CYBER SECURITY MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE CENTENARY OF ANZAC

5 February 2017

*** Embargoed 6 February 2017 ***

Australia releases world-leading cyber security advice

The Australian Government today details eight simple strategies it recommends all businesses adopt as their minimum cyber security baseline.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan said the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) had developed an Essential Eight mitigation strategies that marked a new global standard for cyber security.

CERT Australia has responded to 3,422 cyber security incidents affecting businesses in the last six months, including 166 that involved systems of national interest and critical infrastructure. Cybercrime is estimated to cost the Australian economy a conservative $1 billion a year.

“The eight strategies will help protect businesses from ransomware, malicious insiders, business email compromise, threats to industrial control systems, and adversaries with destructive intent,” Mr Tehan said.

“Strong cyber security is important for Australia’s economic wellbeing and our national security. It underpins innovation, growth and prosperity in a modern digital economy.

“The Prime Minister has announced a special briefing for Australia’s political institutions to help protect our democratic process against foreign cyber influence. These eight strategies will help them, and businesses of all size, protect themselves.

“The costs of cyber compromise can be more expensive than preventative measures so I encourage all business people to look at their organisations’ cyber risk profile and implement the ASD’s recommended strategies.

“The Government has put cyber security at the forefront of its agenda and these mitigation strategies complement the broader work underway as part of the Cyber Security Strategy.”

The ASD’s Essential Eight are:

 Application whitelisting which allows only approved software applications to run on computers.  Patch applications to fix security vulnerabilities in software applications.  Disable untrusted Microsoft Office macros because macros can be used to enable

the download of malware onto computer systems.  User application hardening which blocks web browser access to Adobe Flash player, web advertisements and untrusted Java code because these applications can be

used to hide malware.  Restriction administrator privileges for managing systems and installing software and patches to only users that absolutely need them.  Patch operating systems to fix vulnerabilities.  Use multi-factor authentication to make it harder for third parties access your

information.  Backup important data daily so you can recover information quickly in the event of a cyber security incident.

For more information, visit the Australian Signals Directorate website at: asd.gov.au/infosec/mitigationstrategies

Media Contacts: Byron Vale (Minister Tehan’s Office) 0428 262 894