Built from coronavirus pandemic Sweeping the planet, Australia’s Labor Assistant Shadow Minister of Communications and Cyber Security Shadow Assistant Minister Tim Watts are wondering how Australia will deal with cyberspace versions of the world in the same conditions.
“If, instead of a handful of companies becoming victims of this kind of attack, how resilient we are to the hundreds, or even thousands of organizations that have been victimized,” Watts told the 2020 Commsday Summit on Tuesday.
“COVID-19 shows us that this is not a theoretical risk – in an age of interconnected systems and only in the time of logistical networks, incidents of this kind can cause tiered failure.”
Watts pondered whether Australia would be able to recover quickly due to a lack of skills, whether if its ability to rely on overseas workers would diminish because they would fight in similar battles in their own country.
“Past experience with the speed and effectiveness of government warnings in responding to incidents like Wannacry is not encouraging,” Watts said.
“The consequences of a COVID-19 pandemic must make us look again at this kind of risk exposure, and to consider how tough we are in dealing with them.”
Assistant Shadow Minister also took the opportunity to swipe at Government Services Minister Stuart Robert, who last month fake word the federal government’s myGov portal is hit by a DDoS attack, said that such statements undermine trust in public institutions when such faith is needed.
“Now it’s more important than ever in our lives that the public trust their leaders,” Watts said.
“Blaming fictitious cyber attacks destroys trust.
“If trust is broken, then it makes it far more difficult to run an effective health campaign, or implement major reforms as needed.”
The NBN claims to say it’s bad talking about Australia
Earlier on Tuesday, NBN CEO Stephen Rue said at the same event that NBN had handled it Improvements related to COVID in traffic well.
In a new one set of statistics released on Tuesday, NBN said peak traffic between 8pm to 11pm had dropped from 13.8Tbps a week ago to 13.1Tbps, and between 5pm to 8pm had dropped from 12.8Tbps to 11.8Tbps. A small increase was seen in normal business hours from 8 am to 5 pm, with peak traffic increasing from 9Tbps to 9.6Tbps.
Rue also took the opportunity to equate broadband networks with the country itself during the crisis.
“This is not the time to talk about NBN. This is not the time for assessment points or to rule out past decisions,” Rue said.
“Because every time you talk to NBN, every time you say NBN can’t handle this – you speak in Australia, and you talk about the social and economic opportunities that can be generated by access to fast broadband.”
Rue said the crisis was an opportunity for “NBN to shine”.
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