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Legal update from Practical Law Commercial: Australian Government releases Ransomware Action Plan

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Legal update, Australian Government releases Ransomware Action Plan provides an overview of the key aspects of the government’s strategy to combat ransomware attacks which includes both current and proposed operational and legislative initiatives.

The Australian government’s Ransomware Action Plan outlines the government’s current initiatives for improving Australia’s cybersecurity and outlines proposed future initiatives which include:

  • A mandatory ransomware incident reporting scheme.
  • A stand-alone offence for all forms of cyber extortion and a stand-alone aggravated offence for cybercriminals targeting critical infrastructure.
  • Establishment of the multi-agency law enforcement taskforce “Operation Orcus” to be led by the Australian Federal police.
  • Awareness raising and availability of information and advice on the payment of ransomware payments.


By Practical Law Commercial Team

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