The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) became a statutory agency within Australia’s defence establishment on 1 July, Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced, adding that the move will strengthen the intelligence agency’s ability to protect the country.
“Foreign signals intelligence, countering cyber-espionage and defending against cyber threats remain critically important for ASD,” said Payne, pointing out that the ASD’s focus “will now expand to lead cyber security support and services to industry, government and the community”. To achieve this, she said, the Australian Cyber Security Centre now operates as part of the ASD.
The ASD’s change to a statutory body also enables it to have “more flexibility to attract, train, retain and develop its specialist workforce”, said the minister, emphasising the recent change achieves a key recommendation of the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review.
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