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Statement by the Presiding Officers - Parliamentary Computing Network



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THE HON TONY SMITH MP SENATOR THE HON SCOTT RYAN

SPEAKER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

J O I N T M E D I A R E L E A S E

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STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDING OFFICERS - PARLIAMENTARY COMPUTING NETWORK

Following a security incident on the parliamentary computing network, a number of measures have been implemented to protect the network and its users.

One specific measure, undertaken for abundance of caution, has been to reset all user passwords that have network access. All users have been required to change their passwords. This has occurred overnight and this morning.

The Department of Parliamentary Services and relevant agencies are working jointly to take the necessary steps to investigate the incident, while our immediate focus has been on securing the network and protecting data and users.

There is no evidence that any data has been accessed or taken at this time, however this will remain subject to ongoing investigation.

Similarly, we have no evidence that this is an attempt to influence the outcome of parliamentary processes or to disrupt or influence electoral or political processes.

The methods used by malicious actors are constantly evolving. Since 2012, DPS has made substantial strides in strengthening cyber defences for the APH IT networks.

While there is no guaranteed approach to cyber security, best practise is the ability to detect and remediate threats quickly. The department has done this working jointly with expert agencies.

Accurate attribution of a cyber incident takes time and investigations are being undertaken in conjunction with the relevant security agencies.

We are not in a position to provide further information publicly at this stage. Updates will be provided to Members and Senators and the media as required.

Contact: communication@aph.gov.au Phone: 02 6277 3591