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DFAT supports EU cybersecurity measures

  • Posted on Monday 3rd, August 2020.

The Australian Government has welcomed the announcement by the European Union (EU) to impose sanctions against malicious cyber actors, the first set of sanctions under the EU’s cyber sanctions regime.

Australia, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), supports measures designed to hold malicious cyber actors to account.

"These sanctions signal that malicious cyber activity has consequences by imposing meaningful costs for the unacceptable behaviour of state and non-state actors," a DFAT spokesperson said.

"Australia is concerned by reckless and malicious cyber actions that seek to disrupt and undermine democratic institutions, critical infrastructure and international organisations.

"We support international efforts to prevent, discourage, deter and respond to such actions. Australia reaffirms its shared commitment to freedom and democratic values, and a likeminded approach to cyber affairs, with the EU."

Last month, the Federal Government of Australia supported the release of the Joint Cyber Security Advisory by the US, UK and Canada. This plan is key to protecting Covid-19 vaccine developments.

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