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The Department for Corporate and Digital Development (DCDD) has announced an annual investment of $7.5 million for the next four years to enhance the Northern Territory cybersecurity controls and capability, ensuring the protection of the territory’s government critical infrastructure. Minister Ngaree Ah Kit did not specify for how many years the investment will go but said in a statement that the territory government recognises the need for continual investment to protect Territorians’ data held by government.

The investment also means 30 new graduate and specialised cybersecurity roles along with cybersecurity tools and cyber-threat monitoring, intelligence, and analysis capability. “We are increasing our investment in protecting our digital assets and resourcing the dedicated team of cyber professionals that defend them,” said Ah Kit in a statement. “The introduction of 30 new cybersecurity positions across the NT government will go a long way in protecting important territory data and systems.”

The territory government also expects this will help the government to align to efforts under national strategies.

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In 2020, the NT government had to pull a key corporate application offline for three weeks after its developer was successfully targeted by ransomware authors. At the time, around 70% of the 68 million emails traversing the NT government network were blocked as containing potentially suspicious or malicious content with employee education ramped up after some workers were tricked by emailed phishing scams.

According to the 2021-22 annual report, the DCDD delivered digital cybersecurity awareness campaign to all NT government employees, in partnership with the Darwin Joint Cyber Security Centre Outreach Service (JCSC). It also listed as future plans the establishment of a cybersecurity operations centre.


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