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Cyber Security

The Cyber Security Regional Standardisation Enhancement Program focused on building market awareness and use of the ISO/IEC 27000 series. The Pacific Islands Cyber Security Standards Cooperation Agenda which outlines recommendations for further engagement and participation, adoption and implementation of internationally standards to improve cyber security in the Pacific region was the final stage of the program.

Cyber security is more than just an information technology problem. It is a broader business and societal issue that needs to be managed by economies all around the world.

In response, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) developed the ISO/IEC 27000 series, Information security management systems standards. Fundamentally, these standards are designed to assist any entity, regardless of size, keep information systems and data secure.

With a recent increase worldwide in the adoption and use of standards from the ISO/IEC 27000 series, the Pacific region is significantly under represented, and as a result, underprepared for cyber security threats. Standards Australia has a critical cyber security capacity building role within the Pacific region as part of the Australian Government’s Cyber Engagement Strategy.

The program began in August 2018, with the final report being released at the beginning of 2020.

Participating Countries

Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands


August 2018
Planning and preparation
Project implementation plan, Information Memorandum and target country engagement.
December 2018
Roadmap and needs analysis
Create a roadmap identifying target country cyber security standards, gaps, issues and harmonisation opportunities.
April 2019
Cyber Security standards forum
Facilitated two-day forum to identify tangible recommendations for Pacific engagement in international cyber security standards.
December 2019
Recommendations report
Identify specific actions to assist target countries engage in and harmonise with international cyber security standards.
Torrin Marquardt
International Engagement Manager
+ 612 9237 6159