Direct assistance for small and medium enterprises to counter cyber risks has been welcomed by Australia’s largest and most representative business network.

“Several of the initiatives announced with the strategy will directly assist small and medium businesses in preparing and responding to increasing cyber-attacks”, ACCI chief executive officer Andrew McKellar said.

Minister for Home Affairs Clare O’Neil released the 2023–2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan today.

“The cyber health-check and Small Business Cyber Security Resilience Service address the concerns ACCI has continuously raised about the importance of direct and tailored assistance for small businesses if we are to uplift the capability of our small business sector.

“Cyber security is both a challenge and an opportunity for Australia, showing how a strong, ongoing collaboration between government and industry will uplift our cyber capabilities.”

An expanded national cyber security awareness campaign and clear cyber guidance for businesses to navigate governance obligations will provide further support.

“ACCI’s submission called out the complex and prohibitive structure for reporting cyber incidents and seeking assistance, and we welcome the initiatives designed to simplify this by acting as a one-stop-shop.”

“It will be critical that the government partners with industry associations and chambers of commerce to implement this strategy successfully.”

ACCI CEO Andrew McKellar is attending today’s inaugural meeting of the new Executive Cyber Council to coincide with the strategy’s release.

Ashley Gardiner

Director - Media and Communications

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