UK and Australia to discuss cybersecurity

Ministers from the UK and Australia are set to meet down under to discuss security issues including cybersecurity

The UK's defence and foreign ministers will meet with their Australian counterparts in Sydney on Tuesday to discuss security matters including cybersecurity.

William Hague Australia cybersecurity

Foreign minister William Hague is to meet with his Australian counterpart to discuss matters including cybersecurity. Photo credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Foreign secretary William Hague and defence secretary Liam Fox will meet with their Australian equivalents at the third Australia-United Kingdom Ministerial (AUKMIN) talks. "Discussions at AUKMIN III will focus on current foreign, defence and security policy challenges, including in Afghanistan and Pakistan; changing dynamics in Asia; and approaches to counter-proliferation, counter-terrorism, space and cybersecurity," said Australia's defence minister Stephen Smith.

In previous high-level discussions, the UK's minister of armed forces Nick Harvey pushed for the creation of an offensive cybersecurity capability, while Smith said Australia is focused on building defensive systems.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see UK, Australia to talk cyberwar on ZDNet Australia.

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