Government Community of Practice

Background

This forum was created in order for AM professionals in government bodies to convene, share, and grow their asset management skills and knowledge. It acts as a single meeting place for government professionals in asset management, bringing together and establishing connections that may have otherwise not been available.

Goals of the CoP

  • Bring together a group of like-minded professionals in government asset management
  • Share knowledge, experiences, and case studies in order to learn
  • Create strategies for implementing and improving current challenges in asset management in government departments
  • Help government bodies develop and enhance their asset management practice starting from the planning phase through to the retirement phase

Key meeting places of the CoP

The Sydney, Peth, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Hobart chapters will each hold government CoP events annually. To enquire about these events, please email the respective chapter chair.
For those who subscribe, a monthly newsletter will be emailed, containing all government-sector news in the asset management sphere.
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Cyber attacks are a constant problem in today’s society. A hacker’s gonna hack, to bastardise a line from Taylor Swift’s popular song, Shake it Off.

At the Technology in Government conference, held in early August in Canberra, attendees learned more about cyber security in government. In particular, David Cullen, Principal Advisor of Cyber Incidents and Emergency Management at Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria, spoke of the alarming number of incidents in Victoria alone.

A whole-of-government survey showed that hackers were attempting to breach government systems every forty-five seconds1.

It would appear then, that we can’t seem to prevent hackers trying to steal information, finances and other important and necessary aspects in our tech-focussed lives. But, as Mr Cullen noted in his speech to conference delegates, the Victorian government has radically overhauled its approach to dealing with such threats and attacks. Mr Cullen has instigated a cyber-response team to help prevent incidents, and minimise the harm in the case of a breach.

Mr Cullen’s most impactful advice to delegates was to not ‘underestimate the power of phishing attacks.’2 It’s not something to take lightly or shy away from. And if a data breach does happen in your department or organisation, Mr Cullen advises honesty. Speak up, be honest, ask for help. And always keep communicating to your customers the ways they can protect their information online.

Data is an asset to both government sectors and private industry. What is your plan in the case of data breach? Tell us how you protect data within your asset management plan.

 

 


 

  1. Sourced: https://www.governmentnews.com.au/every-45-seconds-inside-victorias-cyber-threat-response
  2. Sourced: https://www.governmentnews.com.au/every-45-seconds-inside-victorias-cyber-threat-response

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