The integrity of election results and systems is the VEC’s highest priority. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise to learn that in the past year the organisation has invested significant time, energy and resourcing into hardening IT systems and applications and improving security controls. This was enhanced by a ‘health check’ performed by the Australian Cyber Security Centre, which focused on mitigating potential election vulnerabilities.
The VEC’s target is compliance with the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Essential Eight (ASD8) mitigation strategies. This is an extremely high level of security, and the VEC will be compliant with seven of the eight mitigation strategies by December 2019.
Robust cyber security will be an ongoing area of focus and investment at the VEC. Election systems are classed as critical national infrastructure and vigilance is required to avoid vulnerabilities and the risk of interference.
Robust cyber security will remain a focus at the VEC