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Top Aussie Spook Urges Biz, Govt To Boost Hacker Defence

Australia’s national cyber security agency, the Australian Cyber Security Centre, is urging businesses and other Down Under organisations to urgently beef up their defences against would-be hackers.

This follows a growing number of attacks across the globe on businesses and government agencies.

Abigail Bradshaw, pictured right, head of the Canberra-based Australian Cyber Security Centre, points to recent attacks across the globe that have included the Russian-linked Solar Winds and in the Accellion file-transfer hack in December, and the more recent China-linked Microsoft Exchange attacks.

“That’s three reasonably large scale vulnerabilities, but with a common base in terms of the sorts of good cyber hygiene that we hope all Australian businesses, as well as individuals, can practice to protect themselves,” she told the Australian Financial Review.

Bradshaw is urging government and organisations to set up more strategic partnerships and capabilities that “enable you to get to that speed, scale and impact”.

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