Defence cyber skills offered to agencies

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The cyber security skills and services of the defence and home affairs departments will be offered to other federal government agencies under a pilot scheme.

The pilot will also include IT security experts within Services Australia.

Cabinet minister Stuart Robert told a summit in Canberra on Wednesday the "cyber hubs" would enable the three departments to provide cyber services to "agencies that cannot match their breadth and depth of skills".

Mr Robert said there was the potential for the hubs to be expanded beyond cyber security skills to broader information and communications technology (ICT) functions such as secure email, or corporate services.

He said it was part of a rethink of the way government deals with ICT and delivers Australians a better and safer quality of online service.

The minister said there was much at stake when it came to government spending on ICT, which it why work is progressing on two major strategic projects - the Whole of Government Architecture and the Digital Review.

"Right now, digital and ICT investment can be a bit like the Hunger Games, where government often finds itself with investment proposals that are presented as urgent or critical, but with limited opportunity to consider the broader strategic context of those proposals," he told the Australian Financial Review government summit.

"An integrated investment approach is going to be crucial for developing the right digital infrastructure going forward."