Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the investment of $60 million over three years would be used to create an army of cyber experts, broadening the scope of Cyber Security NSW to incorporate small agencies and councils.
“The $60 million is not only a four-fold increase in spending on cyber security but allows Cyber Security NSW to quadruple the size of its team in the battle against cyber-crime,” Mr Dominello said.
“Cyber Security NSW will train the next generation of cyber security experts and ensure there is a cross-government coordinated response, including advance threat intelligence sharing, cyber security training and capability development."
“This will further ensure NSW has world-class cyber security infrastructure to protect the government services of the future.”
Cyber Security NSW plays a whole-of-government role to strengthen government cyber capability in government agencies, collaborating with emergency management, law enforcement, the private sector and other jurisdictions.
“It is important to increase capability across the whole of the State,” Acting Chief Cyber Security Officer Executive Director Charlotte Wood said.
“Councils provide us all with important online services and we must ensure the capability of councils is increasing at the same time as NSW Government’s capability is increasing.”
In July the Cyber Security Vulnerability Management Centre, operated by Cyber Security NSW, began operations in Bathurst.
It provides the NSW Government with an increased awareness of vulnerabilities in internet-facing services and assets and is critical to early identification and remediation of known vulnerabilities.
This investment into Cyber Security NSW is the first instalment of the record $240 million cyber security funding announced in June.