Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo has called on the private sector to work more closely with the federal government when it comes to cybersecurity as there is certain information that only government agencies are capable of uncovering.
“We’ve got a superpower over here — like a Marvel superpower — that you could really use. We want to gift this to you,” said Pezzullo, who appeared before Senate estimates on Thursday night.
“Sometimes we can see things they can’t see. They might see the attack coming in across their wire. We might be able to see the attacker.”
When explaining how government cybersecurity capabilities differ from those of the private sector, such as those possessed by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), Pezzullo said the federal government ideally wants the private sector to receive this assistance on a partnership basis rather than on a “last resort” one.
“It’s really about building those relationships, which are not in any way going to denigrate the professional expertise of the private sector teams. It just accepts the reality that we have access to more sensitive information,” Pezzullo said.
“Once you get through some of the initial distance and you build the partnership, we want to