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Monash expert: Roving cyber experts across the Pacific as threats rise

Monash University < 1 mins read

A Monash expert is available to comment on the Australian government’s plan to set up roving teams of cyber experts to help Pacific Island nations deal with growing online threats.

 

Professor Carsten Rudolph, Department of Software Systems and Cybersecurity, Faculty of Information Technology

Contact details: +61 450 501 248 or media@monash.edu  

  • Cybersecurity in the Pacific region
  • Security protocols 
  • Network security 

The following can be attributed to Professor Rudolph:

“Support for countries with cyber security incidents is definitely useful and highly welcome. However, in the long-term it will be necessary to support countries in the Pacific region to establish their own sovereign cyber security capabilities. 

“A ‘we need to do it for them’ approach will provide support, but also create new dependencies and the clear message from the October 2023 P4C conference in Fiji was that Pacific countries require longer-term commitments that build resilience in a strategic and holistic manner.

“Many countries have gone through comprehensive cyber security reviews, such as the ones delivered by the Oceania Cyber Security Centre OCSC in Melbourne and these countries have developed roadmaps to improve their cyber security maturity. 

“Incident response support should be complemented by funding that builds on existing initiatives, reports and should consider the countries' own roadmaps. Building up capabilities and teams in Pacific countries, for example in collaboration with their national universities, can be one way to establish resources and create local talent. These local experts can then also have perspectives for careers in cyber security in their home countries.”

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