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WA Auditor General recommends inter-agency cooperation to counter malware


Western Australia's Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has made six recommendations to state government agencies after it was found six agencies had previously been the target of malware campaigns. According to the OAG, the six agencies probed -- which included the Department of the Attorney General, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Department of Transport, Main Roads Western Australia, and the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) -- were under constant threat, which it said highlighted the need for improved central governance arrangements to identify, warn of, and prevent attacks. In its report [PDF], Malware in the WA State Government, the OAG said as a result of the audit, it made "detailed recommendations" to each agency that came under the microscope. The explicit details were not published, but instead, the OAG offered up the broader six recommendations it made, which included an in-depth assessment of the risk to the agency malware poses, improving any controls the OAG identified as ineffective, and that each agency consider additional controls to better secure its networks, systems, and data against malware. TPG to focus on FttB, mobile, corporate business to manage NBN margin squeeze Productivity Commission draft report calls time on USO as NBN looms Risk vs. Opportunity: Data use and availability in Australia NSW government seeks partner to trial Uber-like public transport Optus inks AU$40m contract extension with security firm Suretek Under the careful watch of the OGCIO, the Auditor General said it wants to see the WA public sector consider methods to foster "collaboration, information, and resource sharing" between agencies.

Thousands Stage ANZAC Day Memorials in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

U.S. News

A supplied image of Royal New Zealand Army officer Colonel Glenn King lays a wreath during the Indigenous Anzac Day commemoration event held on Mount Ainslie in Canberra, Australia, April 25, 2017.

Australia could see driverless cars on the road within five years


South Australia may have gotten a head start with trials in 2015, but New South Wales (NSW) is also committing to a driverless car future. Automated cars without drivers could be on NSW roads within five years, the state's minister for transport, Andrew Constance, predicted at a summit on the future of transport in Sydney Monday. "We're going to have driverless cars on our streets, in our suburbs," he told reporters. In his opinion, the South Australian government may have "jumped the gun a little bit" with its initial road tests last year. To support its own rollout of driverless cars, the NSW State Government announced the creation of a Smart Innovation Centre in western Sydney.

Australia and New Zealand mark Anzac Day with driveway vigils

The Japan Times

Sydney – Australians and New Zealanders held dawn Anzac Day vigils from the isolation of their own driveways on Saturday to honor their armed forces, as parades were canceled and ceremonies closed to the public due to the coronavirus. As the sun rose, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was among those observing vigils at the end of their driveways, while Australia's leader Scott Morrison attended an official Canberra ceremony forced behind closed doors. "This year, a new threat faces all nations as the impact of the coronavirus deepens worldwide," Ardern said from her driveway. While at the small Canberra service before dawn -- which was broadcast live -- Morrison compared the disruption to the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1919. "Our Anzac Day traditions have been interrupted but not for the first time," Morrison said during the ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.

Ridesharing legalised in another Australian state, but Uber's not happy


Slowly but surely, Australia is becoming a rideshare-friendly nation, but not every state is doing it Uber's way. On Tuesday, the South Australian government announced that from July 1, it would become the latest region to legalise services such as UberX that let people drive their own cars to take customers from A to B. It follows the legalisation of ridesharing in 2015 by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and New South Wales (NSW) governments. Like NSW, the government will be offering an assistance package to ease the transition for taxi drivers. South Australians will presumably help pay for the scheme, handing over a levy of A 1 per ride in taxis and rideshare services. "Our reforms deliver a genuine level playing field between taxis, chauffeur vehicles and new entrants like Uber," State Premier Jay Weatherill said in the statement.