The ACSC is a member of Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network (PaCSON), which is proving to be a vital vehicle for closer sharing of cyber security threat information, tools, techniques and ideas between nations.
‘With the rapid increase of internet connectivity across the Pacific, collaboration is becoming even more important,’ said Mr MacGibbon. ‘PaCSON works closely with organisations in our region that share the objective of an open, free and secure internet.’
PaCSON’s membership comprises: Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
An outcome of Australia’s International Cyber Engagement Strategy, and funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Cyber Cooperation Program, PaCSON was established in May 2018 and its focus includes:
- acting as a point of contact network should a cyber security incident affect the region
- empowering members to share cyber security threat information
- providing opportunities for technical experts to share tools, techniques and ideas
- being an enabler of cooperation and collaboration, and
- support from other like-minded partners, including not-for-profits and academia.
A PaCSON Executive Committee has been elected to guide the goals and objectives of the network, with New Zealand elected Chair, Tonga elected Deputy Chair, and Samoa elected Incoming Chair. The ACSC supports PaCSON by providing a secretariat function as well as operational and technical guidance.