Security of Critical Infrastructure update

The Government has released an exposure draft bill containing further changes to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018. This draft bill expands the changes made by Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Act 2021 which made it possible for financial services to be declared a critical infrastructure.

It imposes enhanced cyber security obligations that relate to systems of national significance, the requirement for a critical infrastructure risk management program, reporting to the Register of Critical Infrastructure Assets and mandatory cyber security incident reporting.

Background

The Government has also released an exposure draft of the Rules under the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018.

These rules set out the circumstances in which specified critical infrastructure assets are required to:
* provide ownership and operational information to the Register; and
* provide reports about cyber incidents to the Australian Cyber Security Centre .

Each aspect of the positive security obligations will only apply once a rule is made in relation to that aspect for a critical infrastructure asset or class of critical infrastructure assets. The rules prescribe which aspects are ‘switched on’ for a critical infrastructure asset or class of critical infrastructure assets.

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David Jacobson

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