Gov Flags Possible Tech Sector Liability for Cyber Security

In a time where data breaches are becoming more commonplace and technology companies are taking up more space in our lives, it's essential that these companies be held accountable for the protection of their customers' personal information.
30 March 2023
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In an effort to promote better cyber security practices, the Australian government is eyeing the tech sector to take on more responsibility for insecure products. 

According to cyber security minister Clare O'Neil, too much of the risk is currently borne by the community, which could leave them vulnerable to potential cyber attacks. O'Neil emphasised that the government is working alongside an expert advisory board to create a new strategy for cyber security, one that includes shifting liability towards tech companies.

Measures under consideration include creating a legislative framework to shift cyber security risks away from the most vulnerable members of the community towards those who are best placed to manage it, including software and cyber security service providers, telecommunications firms and technology developers.

The aim, O’Neil said, is to raise the cost of cyber crime.

The government, she said, needs to be a “cyber security exemplar” and improve its information sharing on threats and incidents.

- CyberBeat


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