Evolution of Australia’s Cyber Warfare Strategy

Abstract:

Since 2000, Australia has re-positioned itself from a country having scant recognition of cyber warfare to a nation with limited offensive and defensive capability facing increasing cyber incidents from at least one state-based actor (informally attributed as China). The dominance of a continental defence culture hindered the early development of a robust cyber warfare capability, resulting in a limited focus towards national infrastructure security. A transition to a far more robust, forward looking, strategic culture, dominated by statements of a perceived adversary in China, has enabled a greatly strengthened cyber warfare technical capability, though perhaps still lacking in personnel and supporting elements.


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University of New South Wales Canberra,
Australia

Andrew Williams is an Australian Army Officer with extensive experience in strategy and capability, and a PhD student with the University of New South Wales Canberra, Cyber. He holds four master’s degrees across science, arts, project management, and business administration. His main research areas are strategy, cybersecurity policy, and cyber law.

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