The South Australian government will allocate more than $20 million in the state budget to bolster cybersecurity defences.
The $20.63 million over three years will be used to improve cybersecurity measures across all the government’s systems and processes and to also help local companies become more resilient.
“With cyber-attacks becoming more and more prevalent within government and businesses across the state, it’s absolutely imperative that government lead by example in this key area,” Premier Steven Marshall said.
“The South Australian government responds to hundreds of cybersecurity incidents each year, with more than 1600 reported in 2020 alone, which is why this investment is so critical.
“In the last few months, we’ve seen media networks, universities and key businesses fall victim to sophisticated and targeted cyber-attacks proving just how important this issue is.”
The premier said South Australian consumers and businesses would also benefit from $4.3 million in extra funding for upgrades to the government’s online services portal, including increased cybersecurity features and implementation of a whole-of-government payment gateway.
“Importantly, this initiative will provide a single-entry point for people and business to interact with government,” he said on Monday.
The Liberal government will hand down the 2021/22 budget on June 22.