Victorian Government releases cyber security strategy

The Victorian Government has unveiled a cyber security strategy designed to increase the cyber security capacity of government and restore confidence in government IT and digital service delivery.

The strategy focuses on five priority areas to help Victoria shift from an individual agency approach to tackling cyber security to a whole-of-government one.

As part of the Cyber Security Strategy, the Victorian Government will:

  • appoint a Chief Information Security Officer within Department of Premier and Cabinet to oversee the government response to the ongoing cyber threats and co-ordinate cross government action;

  • develop cyber emergency governance arrangements with Emergency Management Victoria, so that risks are better understood and planned for as part of ongoing work to protect government assets and services;

  • strengthen partnerships across all levels of Government and the private sector to share best practice, intelligence and insights;

  • rationalise and better co-ordinate the procurement of proven cyber security services;

  • develop a workforce plan to attract, develop and retain skilled cyber security public sector workers;

  • present a quarterly cyber security briefing to the Victorian Secretaries Board and the State Crisis and Resilience Committee, so Government is better informed of cyber security issues and assessments.

Victorian Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings said the strategy would rely on collaboration across governments and service providers (both public and private sector), and with the state’s university and technology sectors.

To find out more about Cyber Security Strategy and ongoing work to roll out the Information Technology Strategy 2016-2020, visit

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