Call for Australia to appoint cyber ambassador

A senior official from the security services company Forcepoint has welcomed the appointment of Dan Tehan as the minister assisting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for cyber security, but says that, given Tehan’s numerous roles, the appointment of a “cyber ambassador” will be key to co-ordinating Australia’s efforts in this direction.

Guy Eilon, senior director and general manager ANZ, told iTWire that Tehan’s appointment was a sign the government was taking cybercrime seriously and “an important step in fulfilling the long-awaited national cyber security strategy”.

But, at the same time, he added, that given Tehan was appointed to fulfil cyber strategy it raised questions of whether he would be able to critically evaluate and amend the programme with growing cyber security threats.

Tehan wears a number of hats in Turnbull’s ministry: he is minister for defence personnel, minister assisting the prime minister for the centenary of ANZAC, minister for veteran’s affairs and minister assisting the prime minister for cyber security.


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