Commonwealth entities suffered 427 cyber security incidents last year that warranted a response from the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), new numbers from late last week show.
A report on the ‘Commonwealth cyber security posture in 2019’ [pdf], released as Australia headed into the Easter weekend, provided a detailed breakdown of incidents that impacted Commonwealth (or federal) entities last calendar year, though it does not disclose which entities were victims.
Commonwealth entities include federal parliamentary departments as well as “corporate” entities such as the ABC and Airservices Australia.
“In 2019, the ACSC responded to 427 incidents affecting Commonwealth entities – 65 percent of which were self-reported to the ACSC,” the report said.
“The remaining 35 percent were identified through: ACSC investigations; reporting from international partners and third parties; and analysis of a variety of classified and open-source material.”
Around 76 of the incidents involved a malicious email “sent