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In other public sector ICT and digital news

by Jack Le Guay •
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In other public sector ICT and digital news for the 15th of June

CSIRO kickstarts cyber and other SMEs

The CSIRO will help SMEs developing new cyber security solutions through a virtual, free 10-week program. Innovate to Grow: Cyber Security will help businesses by organising workshops, panel discussions, expert advice and mentoring for the R&D process. This is the latest in the Innovate to Grow series with previous courses on the agrifood, space, energy and defence industries with future programs aimed at manufacturing and health SMEs. 

Auditor finds agencies still falling short on security  

Federal agencies are failing to meet minimum cyber security standards, according to a new report from the Auditor-General. Essential Eight controls such as MFA and patching applications will become mandatory for government agencies from July 2022, but only two of 19 audited agencies meet the requirements according to ITNews. The report also found that two agencies had reported lower maturity compared to last year’s assessment. 

New academy kicks NSW Gov closer to cyber readiness 

The NSW Government hopes to expand the cyber security workforce by adding 1200 roles through its new Cyber Academy. The joint program involving Deloitte and educational institutions will see trainees employed by the government or industry partners as they learn skills throughout the three-year course, according to GovTech Review. The program is a sign of increasing cooperation and collaboration across industries and between private and public sectors to fight the collective problem of cyber threats, worsened by acute skills shortages. 

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