Companies warned to boost cyber defence in wake of Ukraine crisis escalation

On Wednesday afternoon, the Australian government joined the governments of the United States and United Kingdom by placing sanctions on Russian banks and individuals, and at the same time issued a warning to organisations to boost their cyber defence.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government had already privately reached out to some entities and that local organisations should read guidance issued by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).

“We have already been taking action on cyber defences and that has been done privately already with many companies, alerting them to the risk of potential counter responses by Russia and other actors in response to these decisions,” Morrison said.

“There is no evidence that any such attacks have taken place to date, I’m advised, but we are now publicly saying right across the country to go to [cyber.gov.au] so you can be clearly informed of the steps that you should be taking to ensure that you are protected as best as you can be from any cyber attacks.”

The prime minister added that cyber was the most obvious vector for Russian retaliation, and that companies could be targeted as well as be cyber collateral damage.

“The cyber attacks can sometimes

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