International: Standards Australia releases report on Pacific Islands' cybersecurity
Standards Australia Limited released, on 22 January 2020, the Pacific Islands Cyber Security Standards Cooperation Agenda ('the Report'). In particular, the Report considers cybersecurity standards in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Soloman Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu, and recommends, among other things, the development and adoption of internationally aligned cybersecurity standards. Moreover, the Report emphasises that cybersecurity is a growing issue in the Pacific region due to low cybersecurity awareness, weak regulations, and increasing cross-border data transfers.
In addition, the Report details current cybersecurity related legislation, the application of national and international standards, and regulatory gaps and challenges within the Pacific Islands. Furthermore, the Report notes that Fiji has been recognised as leading the way in ICT development, a cybercrime bill is expected to be introduced to the Legislative Assembly of Tonga soon, Solomon Islands is planning several pieces of data protection related legislation, and that, while steps have been taken, progress could be accelerated in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.