Unis covered by new cyber security bill

The government is not done telling universities what to do

Yesterday Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton introduced a bill into the Reps to protect critical infrastructure, including in universities, from cyber sabotage. The bill gives his department authority to boss organisations about quite a bit and will add to a burden of bumf.

As the Innovative Research Universities pointed out in a submission to what was then a draft of this bill, “the major challenge is the plethora of government agencies requiring action from universities with no coherence to these requirements.” The IRU suggested the government leave unis out of the legislation, which does not seem likely with the bill now in parliament (CMM December 1).