Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price launched the Working Securely with Defence guide alongside Australian Industry Group national president Chris Jenkins on February 22nd.
It was jointly developed by Defence, AiGroup, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) over the past 12 months.
The need to make more businesses ‘Defence-ready’ is underlined by the Morrison Government’s commitment of $15 billion to cyber and information warfare capabilities over the coming decade.
Minister Price said the Working Securely with Defence guide complements her ‘five pillars’ approach to supporting Australian businesses by improving the way Defence communicates and does business with industry in relation to its security obligations.
About 40 per cent of businesses that apply to win Defence work have insufficient cyber security measures to meet Defence’s standards.
The percentage of businesses missing out on Defence work due to insufficient security measures has already prompted Defence to focus on providing support to applicants to improve their cyber security.
This new guide (attachment below) will help industry overcome those issues to become ‘Defence-ready’, in turn supporting the Government’s $270 billion investment in Defence capability over the next decade.