NSW govt ‘crown jewel’ left open to hackers

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

The New South Wales government’s 30-year old core licensing technology is exposed to cyber-attacks that could impact 140 other organisations, but the state auditor could find no evidence that basic security protections are in place.

In a scathing audit, the Audit Office of New South Wales called on Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to “significantly prioritise cybersecurity improvements” to the DRIVES licensing system, while it continues to look for a replacement.

Launched in 1991, DRIVES holds sensitive personal information and is used for managing licences and vehicle registrations, permits, number plates, and traffic offences. It is due for an upgrade, with $36 million already spend on failed business cases to replace the end-of-life system.

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