New definition of critical infrastructure

The pandemic has caused a re-evaluation of who is a ‘key worker’ so I shouldn’t be surprised by quite a wide definition of ‘critical’. Is a Zoom call ‘critical’?…:

[…] The Australian’s Government Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 defines as critical infrastructure those entities or facilities “which if destroyed, degraded or rendered unavailable for an extended period, would significantly impact on the social or economic wellbeing of the nation, or affect Australia’s ability to conduct national defense and ensure national security.”

Within that broad definition of critical infrastructure, the Act currently places regulatory obligations on specific entities in the electricity, gas, water and maritime ports sectors. However, entities across all critical infrastructure sectors are facing increasing threats and may require enhanced protections.

The reforms outlined in the paper would include a number of additional sectors to the definition of critical infrastructure: banking, finance, communications, data, the Cloud, defense industry, education, research, innovation, energy, food, grocery, health, space, transport and water.


Original article here