Talks ongoing with Microsoft over critical infrastructure rules

Negotiations over the design of critical infrastructure rules connected with laws passed almost 18 months ago are ongoing between the federal government and Microsoft, one of the company’s most senior government affairs executives in Australia has revealed.

But the Department of Home Affairs has denied that any of the legislated rules and regulations are outstanding, with the three elements that form the so-called positive security obligations in place as of last week.

In November 2021, the then Morrison government passed laws extending the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act beyond electricity, water, gas and port infrastructure operators to seven new sectors, including data processing and storage.

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