Hardening Government IT (HGIT) Initiative
The Australian Government’s vision is to create a secure online world for Australians, their businesses and the essential services on which we all depend.
Under the HGIT Initiative, cyber security resilience is the focus as we transition to a digital society. We want Australian citizens to have confidence that their data is safe and the systems they depend on are secure.
Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020
In August 2020, the government released Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 (the Strategy), which invests $1.67 billion in cyber security. The Strategy sharpens Australia’s focus on protecting government networks from the growing threat of malicious cyber activity.
The Strategy outlines a large number of initiatives to improve cyber security across government, business and the community. The HGIT Initiative has been established under the Strategy to strengthen the defence of government networks.
This includes the development of the Cyber Hubs model to centralise the management and operations of government agencies’ cyber monitoring, detection, and response capabilities.
The DTA leads the coordination of the WofG initiative, in collaboration with several other agencies.
We are supported by the:
- Department of Home Affairs, as the Cyber Security Policy lead
- Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre, as the Cyber Security Technical lead
- Attorney General’s Department, as the owner of the Protective Security Policy Framework.
Cyber Hubs Pilot
A Cyber Hub Pilot (Pilot) commenced in July 2021. The Department of Home Affairs, Department of Defence and Services Australia have been identified as the Pilot Cyber Hub providers. They are each responsible for the design and implementation of their Cyber Hub. The Pilot Hubs will test core services and an operating model necessary to improve the cyber security defences of agencies.
The findings from the 12-month Pilot will inform the design of the future WofG Cyber Hub operating model.