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Cybersecurity: Risks and Opportunities

As the Federal Government ramps up its digital economy strategy, the safety of our cyber assets is back in the spotlight.

We know cybercrime is rising in scale and prevalence, and recent attacks on major infrastructure across the world show how high the stakes can be. At the same time, experts are warning of the rising cyber-espionage threat posed by state actors; the latest warning came just this week from the head of the UK spy agency MI5.

So, how serious are these threats? And are Australian business and governments doing enough to protect our digital assets?

For some answers to these questions, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento spoke with CyberCX Chief Strategy Officer Alastair MacGibbon. He’s a former National Cyber Security Advisor and was hand-picked as special adviser on cyber security to Malcolm Turnbull when he was Prime Minister.

Does the 2021 Federal Intergenerational Report do the job?

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has just released the five-yearly Intergenerational Report. The report was delayed by a year due to COVID-19, and it finds it’s the pandemic population freeze that’s set to have the biggest economic impact over the next 40 years.

That means productivity is going to have to do all the heavy lifting to drive our future growth and prosperity, and fund the essential services we value so much.

But does the report get it right on the key issues shaping our future?

To get a view on this, CEDA CEO Melinda Cilento is joined by ANU demographer Dr Liz Allen, public sector governance and finance expert Stephen Bartos, and Social Outcomes Economics Consultant Nicki Hutley; she’s also on the Climate Council.

State of the Nation 2021 | All interviews

CEDA's 42nd State of the Nation has come to an end, and with three days of insightful conversations under our belt, we look back on the interviews our CEO Melinda Cilento and Chief Economist Jarrod Ball led with some of this year's speakers.

The Hon. Josh Frydenberg, Federal Treasurer
The Hon. Anthony Albanese, Federal Leader of the Opposition
Sam Mostyn AO, President, Chief Executive Women, Chairman, Citibank; and Chair, The Foundation for Young Australians
Su McCluskey, Commissioner, National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board (concluded May 2021)
His Excellency Y Kristiarto S Legowo, Ambassador for Indonesia
His Excellency Vohra, High Commissioner of India to Australia
Romilly Madew AO FTSE, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia

Romilly Madew AO FTSE | State of the Nation 2021

After the sustainable infrastructure session at CEDA's 2021 State of the Nation conference, CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball spoke with Romilly Madew of Infrastructure Australia to gain insights on trends in infrastructure since COVID-19 has hit Australia.


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