Dr. Tobias FeakinCyber affairs play a significant role in Australia's international relations with other countries. While once a technical niche issue, cyber affairs is now a strategic international policy issue.

Thanks to cyberspace, the connections between governments, businesses, communities and individuals are more complex than ever before.

As the complexity of cyberspace grows, it demands increased international attention, cooperation and creativity.

This Strategy sets an ambitious agenda across the full spectrum of cyber affairs. Framing Australia's international cyber interests through this comprehensive lens empowers us to see the big picture of the dynamic cyber landscape.

Australia's interests in cyberspace are diverse and interconnected: from capturing the economic prosperity promised by digital trade and technology enabled-development, to securing Australia from the threat of cybercriminals and preserving stability in cyberspace.

Growth of disruptive business models supported by digital technologies present exciting opportunities for Australian businesses. Government and the private sector therefore have a mutual responsibility and interest in maximising the opportunities and mitigating the risks of the online world.

Australia's vision of an open, free and secure cyberspace and our ambitions across the broad spectrum of cyber affairs are impossible to achieve alone. All of our efforts, both globally and regionally, will be delivered in partnership. We will combine the unique and complementary skills of other countries, the private sector, civil society and the research community.

International cyber issues are constantly evolving and Australia's approach to international cyber engagement must reflect this. Frequent review of Australia's approach to cyber affairs will ensure Australia continues to adopt the most effective means to achieve our goals in cyberspace.

Harnessing the opportunities of the digital age and mitigating risks is a shared challenge and a shared responsibility. My team and I look forward to working with you to advance and protect our collective interests in cyberspace.

[Signed]

Dr. Tobias Feakin
Ambassador for Cyber Affairs

4 October 2017


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