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‘Smart research’ needed to defeat cyber threats

Federal defence industry minister Christopher Pyne has launched a $10 million research programme to develop technologies and systems that can detect improvised threats to Australia’s national security.

Announcing the grants on 27 April, Pyne said that the “widespread availability of low-cost, sophisticated technology is enabling our adversaries to deploy a diverse and ever-evolving range of improvised threats.”

Improvised threats can include cyberattacks on civilian, government and military digital networks, homemade explosive devices, hacking websites, and disruption to telecommunications services.

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