Topics: Cybersecurity; Fed.
Tobias Feakin has been appointed the inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, five months after the Federal Government launched the 2016 Cyber Security Strategy.
Announcing the selection in a joint statement, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Julie Bishop and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan said Feakin “will support cyber capacity building in our region, advocate against state censorship of the Internet and promote Australia’s view that opportunities provided by the Internet should be available to all people.”
He will work with Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security Alastair MacGibbon, who is responsible for the development of cybersecurity policy and overseeing implementation.
Feakin was part of the Independent Panel of Experts that produced the Cyber Security Review and Cyber Security Strategy, and has been the Head of the International Cyber Policy Centre and Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy institute (ASPI) since 2012.
APSI’s Cyber Maturity in the Asia-Pacific Region 2016 report found Australia’s “cyber maturity” had improved since 2015. Australia currently ranks fourth behind the United States, South Korea and Japan.