The Role of Encryption in Australia
Authors: Lizzie O’Shea, Elise Thomas
Published: January 2018
Abstract: Encryption is essential to Australia’s modern
digital society, economy, and cyber security,
and it is only effective if it is strong and robust.
Strong encryption serves Australia’s national
interests by protecting governments,
communities, and the economy from criminal,
terrorist, and state-sponsored attacks.
Encryption will only become more important for
protecting Australian interests as technology
advances in the coming decades.
The government is proposing to weaken encryption
in the name of fighting terrorism, however this policy
would create more security risks than it addresses.
There are other policy options for dealing with
terrorist use of digital technology that are more
urgent and effective than weakening encryption.