Australia’s ability to defend against aggressive cyber campaigns is being considered as part of the Department of Defence’s review into mobilisation, recently released documents show. Revealed under freedom of information laws last week, Defence’s ‘Mobilisation Review’ cites concerns that Australia’s strategic advantage as an isolated island continent has been “noticeably reduced” by the advent of cyber warfare.

 

“The nature of unconventional warfare has changed significantly and needs to be better understood within Defence,” the report says.

Among the data included in Defence’s ‘Mobilisation Review’ was the summary of a cyber war workshop conducted by the Australian National University National (ANU) Security College Futures Hub in late 2018.

That considered different ways cyber warfare could be used to intimidate Australia, distract from other military objectives, coerce the Australian public, or even gain control of policy and public opinion....MORE

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