Australian democracy needs better cyber security: ANU Expert

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 — Australia needs to do more to protect its democratic institutions which are increasingly under threat in a digital world, according to a leading security expert from The Australian National University (ANU) who will be speaking in Melbourne on Thursday.

Dr Tim Legrand from the ANU National Security College said there was a significant risk of international interference to our democratic systems, and the ultimate goal for some foreign entities is to influence those in positions of power in Australia.

Dr Legrand said Australia needs to develop new ways to protect our democratic institutions and people in positions of power.

“Our democratic institutions are under threat in the digital space and at risk of being interfered with by sophisticated cyber attackers,” he said.

“More and more of our private lives, from our finances and business interests, to our relationships and personal histories, are being digitised, which amplifies the possibility that cyber attackers can hack into the lives of people in powerful public positions to influence, embarrass or coerce them.”

“It’s an old problem amplified by digital technologies and our increasing reliance on these”.

Dr Legrand and ANU cyber security expert Dr Adam Henschke will discuss the growing vulnerabilities of Australia’s democratic institutions.

More information about the event is available here -


WHAT:  Digital kingmakers: why democracy needs better cyber security

WHO: Dr Tim Legrand and Dr Adam Henschke

WHERE: DoubleTree Room, DoubleTree by Hilton, 270 Flinders Street, Melbourne

WHEN: 12.30pm–1.30pm, Thursday 14 September 2017

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