Standards Australia released a report focused on cyber security in the Pacific region. Pacific Islands Cyber Security Standards Cooperation Agenda sets out recommendations on how to strengthen cyber security in the Pacific Islands with the use of standards.
The report, which includes Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, recommends greater access to funding, resources and technical assistance as well as the development and adoption of internationally aligned cyber security standards.
Australia’s digital economy is a rapidly growing contributor to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), with it estimated to be worth $139 billion by 2020. One of the challenges to this growth lies in cyber security, a problem shared by many of Australia’s Pacific island neighbours.
CEO of Standards Australia Adrian O’Connell said, "To help enhance and protect the digital economy in Australia and the Pacific region, Standards Australia has been working alongside the standard bodies and governments of the Pacific islands to promote and build cyber security regulations."
Ambassador for Cyber Affairs Tobias Feakin added, "Standards are an important tool which supports legislation and policy for the benefit of the public. At the same time, standardisation promotes innovation by not only disseminating knowledge and ideas but more importantly provides structure and processes which save time in developing and implementing new ideas."
Cyber security standards can protect business data, which in turn helps build confidence in clients, customers and partners.
"This report is an important step in outlining how standards can support and protect not only our economy but those of our closest neighbours," said O’Connell.
"Standards Australia looks forward to providing ongoing assistance to the Pacific region and facilitating the protection of its digital economy through the promotion of cyber security standards."