There’s a new piece of chunky legislation in town. This time the government’s attention has settled on cyber security and critical infrastructure assets. In 2018, Australia passed the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018. Just before the end of December 2020, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security released an exposure draft of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020.
It is a scary world out there, and in such times the government policy response typically is one of containment, stemming from a desire to make things smaller and more manageable. The companies and people we work with are smart enough to figure out what they need to do and do not need a law firm to tell them how to comply with legislation. Instead we have produced a short report which explores two critical questions:
- Does the CI Act address the real risk to critical infrastructure?
- Will the CI Act be effective in what it sets out to do?