The NSW Government has established a new office responsible for coordinating cybersecurity across the state government. The new office, Cyber Security NSW, replaces the role of the government chief information security officer and is also billed as a way of accelerating the State Government’s digital transformation.

Cyber Security NSW sits within the Department of Customer Service and will be lead by Tony Chapman who has a range of cybersecurity and government experience, most recently at the NSW Government Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.

Chapman said he expects the new office will strengthen ties between the NSW government departments and other state and territory governments by promoting best practice in cybersecurity.

NSW chief information and digital officer Greg Wells said he expects the new office will be vital to creating what the state government calls its “customer service cluster” which it describes as “using digital transformation to build confidence and trust among citizens, thereby increasing customer satisfaction and engagement”.

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Tony Chapman will lead the newly created Cyber Security NSW. Supplied.

“The role will have a renewed focus on digital transformation and improving customer service outcomes,” Wells said.

“A key component of the role will be driving a culture of risk management and awareness to support greater resilience to cyber security threats. Tony and his team will build on the digital transformation work occurring across the NSW Government, ensuring our digital spaces are safeguarded against cyber threats.

“Cyber Security NSW will continue its critical work enhancing whole-of-government cyber security capabilities and standards on behalf of NSW. It will also work more closely with the Information and Privacy Commission on security, privacy and the availability of systems and services during the State’s digital transformation.”

In the past cyber security at the state level was largely the responsibility of the government chief information security officer, a role previously held by Maria Milosavljevic who left for a position with the Commonwealth’s Department of Human Services earlier this year.

Chapman previously worked for state and federal agencies including the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and is a member of the National Cyber Security Committee, the States and Territories Cyber Security Roundtable, and the NSW Cyber Security Advisory Council.

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