UK and Australia to forge 'cyber partnership'

The two countries have agreed to team up to combat online threats, after ministers met at top-level talks in Sydney

The UK and Australia will establish a 'cyber partnership' to combat online security threats, it was announced on Tuesday.

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Defence secretary Liam Fox met with his Australian counterpart to discuss matters including cybersecurity. Photo credit: Conservative Party

The high-level plan was inked at the third Australia-United Kingdom Ministerial (AUKMIN) talks held in Sydney between foreign secretary William Hague and defence secretary Liam Fox, and their Australian counterparts Kevin Rudd and Stephen Smith.

The Australian Department of Defence said the plan will build on "existing joint work" between the UK and Australia and develop a "shared vision for the future security of cyberspace". "We will work together to advance this vision and to contribute to the development of international norms for cyberspace," the department said. Cyberspace poses a threat to the countries' "shared strategic interests", according to the department.

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