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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    $12.5 million boost to fight cybercrimes against the government

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    $12.5 million boost to fight cybercrimes against the government

    The Palaszczuk Government has committed $12.5 million to establish a new, highly specialised Cyber Security Unit to combat potential cyber threats made against Queensland Government information technology. 

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the funding – to be delivered over four-and-a-half years – will go to the unit to enhance the current protection of government information technology systems and respond to major security incidents.

    The announcement was made by Ms Enoch to the bipartisan Utilities, Science and Innovation Committee which met at Parliament House this morning.

    Ms Enoch said it was critical to continue to build the armoury against cyber criminals who use increasingly sophisticated forms of computer technologies and techniques.

    “A safeguard is needed to continue the protection of the government’s data and systems into the future because we are not immune to this sort of crime. In fact, governments globally are often a target for perpetrators,” Ms Enoch said.

    “We want to protect against future cyber-attacks of government systems and data, provide leadership and support to agencies and strengthen their capability to respond to potential security threats.

    “The establishment of the Cyber Security Unit will enhance our existing efforts, while allowing for greater monitoring of future trends in cybercrime from around the world.

    “These are not necessarily criminals from our own backyard, potential threats could come from anywhere in the world and we need to understand these threats as they arise.”

    The whole-of-government Cyber Security Unit will operate from the Queensland Government Chief Information Office.

    The funding will be used to boost front-line cyber protective services and assist agencies with the challenges they may confront.

    Queensland Government Chief Information Officer Andrew Mills said the Cyber Security Unit would provide independent expert advice to the government.

    “Agencies will remain responsible for their information security and the central cyber security team will provide support and guidance as well as leadership,” Mr Mills said.

    Media contact: Daniel Lato 0438 830 201