PJCIS supports passage of second tranche of critical infrastructure cyber laws

Australia’s parliamentary body tasked with reviewing cyber laws has thrown its support behind the federal government’s second tranche of critical infrastructure cyber laws.

“The new laws are a critical tool that will bring together government and industry to strengthen our defences against significant threats from nation state adversaries and criminal actors,” Liberal Senator and Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) committee chair James Paterson said.

The Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Bill 2022 (SLACIP Bill) contains outstanding elements of cyber laws passed by the Parliament last year, per recommendations from the committee for the cyber laws to be enshrined in two phases. Among these outstanding elements are requirements for entities deemed “most important to the nation” to adhere to enhanced cybersecurity obligations, such as potentially installing third-party software. It also seeks to introduce risk management programs that would apply to entities within the 11 sectors classified as critical infrastructure sectors.

During the PJCIS’ review of the law, the committee heard from critical infrastructure industry representatives who criticised the software installation scheme as they believed it would introduce unnecessary security risks into those types of environments.

Despite hearing these concerns, the PJCIS has supported the enshrinement of the requirement in its advisory report [PDF],

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