AUKMIN talks lead to cyber security commitment

Australia and the UK search for “concrete and practical ways” to shape a more secure online environment

Australia and the UK have committed to furthering cyber security between the two countries under the existing Australia-UK Ministerial (AUKMIN) consultations currently underway.

In a joint communiqué, the two nations said they would work together in “concrete and practical ways” to shape a more secure environment and advance common interests in the area of cyber security.

“Cyber intrusions are an increasing challenge for the security of systems and networks of national importance,” the communiqué reads.

“Australia and the UK are already working closely together to confront the growing threats we face to our cyber security, and it is vital to our wider, shared security and defence interests that we do so. “

According to the communiqué, it was the intention of both Australia and the UK to use its current joint work in the area of defence as the basis for a “comprehensive cyber partnership”.

“The Australia-UK security partnership, founded on the challenges of the last century, has itself adapted and evolved to tackle emerging security issues in cyber and outer space,” the communiqué reads.

“We are developing a shared vision for the future security of cyberspace, based on our common values. We will work together to advance this vision and to contribute to the development of international norms for cyberspace.”

To that end, Australia and the UK would coordinate diplomatic, defence and security efforts, and would deepen collaboration across a range of activities and between agencies and departments that are responsible for delivering cyber security.

The communiqué follows a busy week in cyber security developments with the Depaqrtment of Defence declaring that electronic warfare, high-end systems integration and software support are critical domestic industries for the future defence capabilities of the country.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has also issued a study concluding that while cyber security is a real risk for governments around the world, the likelihood of a true cyber war occurring is low.

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