26 September 2023

Transport invited to play cyber exercises

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ACT Transport Agencies are being invited to take part in the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) national cyber security exercise series.

Announcing the series, to run from May to August next year, ACSC encouraged Commonwealth, State and Territory Agencies with responsibilities for transport and logistics, and those responsible for the cyber security of the sector, to participate.

“This purpose-designed exercise series will focus on the movement of freight via road, rail, aviation and ports, highlighting the importance of building resilience in the sector against malicious cyber activity,” the ACSC said.

“Its design has been informed by the successful completion of similar national cyber security exercises led by the ACSC, which focussed on Australia’s electricity sector and water and wastewater sector, in 2019 and 2021 respectively.”

It said the 2023 exercise would provide a unique opportunity for organisations to be part of a national effort that strengthened cyber incident response arrangements and preparedness at the organisation, sector, jurisdictional and national levels.

The Centre said participants would get to practice and assess plans, protocols and standard operating procedures; examine interoperability of processes within and across organisations and Government Agencies; and increase understanding of potential risks and consequences.

The ACSC said the series would also include training and uplift activities, as well as the opportunity to share observations and insights gained from multiple organisations through the national exercise report.

“Registration to participate in the national cyber security exercise series for the transport and logistics sector closes on 16 December 2022,” the ACSC said.

It said organisations could register their interest to participate in the national cyber security exercise series, or seek more information by contacting the ACSC’s National Exercise Program at [email protected]

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