The devastating global success of 2017’s WannaCry ransomware worm and NotPetya network-destroying malware surfaced insufficiencies in Australia’s national cybersecurity defence, said a senior government cybersecurity executive who nonetheless lauded the successes made by local industry in the 18 months since. WannaCry was “a wakeup call for us,” national cyber security advisor Alastair MacGibbon told attendees at the Cybersecurity Innovation Day at this month’s Cisco Live!

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