Public Accounts conducting cyber resilience audit


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 21 March, 2019


Public Accounts conducting cyber resilience audit

The Parliamentary Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit will today question representatives from major Australian government agencies as part of its inquiry into Australia’s cyber resilience.

The committee is holding a public hearing that will draw the participation of the Department of the Treasury, the Australian National Audit Office, the National Archives and Geoscience Australia.

The inquiry, which was established based on the recent Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report into cyber resilience, will scrutinise whether the latter two agencies are making progress implementing the recommendations of the audit.

Committee Chair Senator Dean Smith said the cybersecurity of Commonwealth agencies continue to be an area of focus for the joint committee.

“The ANAO recommended that Geoscience Australia and the National Archives establish a plan and timeframe to achieve compliance with the [Australian Signals Directorate’s] Top Four cybersecurity mitigation strategies, and monitor delivery against that plan,” he said.

“The committee will be carefully scrutinising agency progress in implementing this audit recommendation.”

Among other things, the Parliamentary Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit is tasked with scrutinising all reports from the Auditor-General that have been tabled into parliament.

The public hearing commences at 3 pm Canberra time and will be broadcast live here.

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