New rules mandate appointment of CISOs to top 100 govt agencies

The federal government has introduced new rules requiring 100 of its largest agencies to appoint chief information security officers, boosting cyber security leadership in Canberra at a time of escalating risk.

The mandate follows years of indifference to cybersecurity controls in government, with the most recent assessment of Commonwealth cyber posture showing 90 per cent of agencies are still baffled by the basics.

The Government Security Committee signed off on the new requirements late last month, with agencies expected to adhere to the new obligations immediately as part of protective security policy framework (PSPF) reporting.

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