The NSW Government has launched a purpose-built cyber security office in an effort to safeguard its digital systems from potential threats.
Named Cyber Security NSW, the office will be housed within the Department of Customer Service under the leadership of Tony Chapman, chief cyber security officer.
Chapman previously held the acting role of NSW government chief information security officer (GCISO), which he took on following Dr Maria Milosavljevic’s departure to the Commonwealth’s Department of Human Services.
He has also held roles in the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and most recently the NSW Government Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.
According to the State Government’s chief information and digital officer, Greg Wells, Chapman will perform the functions previously undertaken in his role as NSW GCISO.
“The role will have a renewed focus on digital transformation and improving customer service outcomes,” Wells said.
“A key component of the role will be driving a culture of risk management and awareness to support greater resilience to cyber security threats. Tony and his team will build on the digital transformation work occurring across the NSW Government, ensuring our digital spaces are safeguarded against cyber threats.”
Cyber Security NSW will work alongside the Information and Privacy Commission on security, privacy and the availability of systems and services.
The division will also work on enhancing whole-of-government cyber security capabilities and standards, Wells added.