Cyber security for Adelaide subs must be water tight

7 November 2016

If Trump wins, the Australia-US alliance will survive but sustain real harm. He would expect more yet deliver less.

A defence analyst with The Australian National University (ANU) has highlighted the importance Adelaide's submarine contract would play under a Trump presidency, and the need to protect the project from cyber-espionage.

Professor Rory Medcalf, Head of the ANU National Security College and an adviser to the 2016 Defence White Paper, will tell a special seminar in Adelaide on Tuesday that Australia needs to build its security capabilities.

"If Trump wins, the Australia-US alliance will survive but sustain real harm. He would expect more yet deliver less," Professor Medcalf said.

"We need to increase our strategic weight, so we are able to contribute to protecting our lifelines and the rules-based order, notably at sea.

"That's why the future submarine project is now vital."

Professor Medcalf also said more need to be done to protect against cyber-attacks.

"If we mean to build regionally superior submarines, we need globally superior cyber security," he said.

"Australia needs to step up investment in innovative technologies, from maritime to quantum computing.

"We need a seamless national cyber-security effort that protects not only government secrets but also industry, intellectual property, and our citizens' data," he said.

A report from the ANU National Security College's Dr Tim Legrand released this week showed 40 per cent of Australia's government agencies have inadequate awareness of cyber security.

The seminar, Protecting Australia's Cyber and Maritime Lifelines, will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre at lunchtime on Tuesday.

Further information can be found here: http://nsc.anu.edu.au/seminars/public-seminars-2016/seminar-20161108.php