Cabinet has given the green light to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Fiji and Australia, marking a significant step in their cybersecurity collaboration under the Vuvale Partnership. Highlighting the critical importance of cybersecurity across multiple sectors, the government acknowledges this issue as a national priority. The oversight of information and communication technologies, along with online safety regulations, including the Cybercrime Act 2021, is currently overseen by the Minister for Communications, Manoa Kamikamica.
The initiative includes collaboration with relevant departments within the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, focusing on capacity enhancement and other cybersecurity activities.
This cybersecurity collaboration with Australia covers several important aspects.
First, it encompasses the creation of an exhaustive Computer Emergency Response Team Study Report and the subsequent implementation of the CERT.
Moreover, it aims to develop a National Cybersecurity Strategy, promoting technical collaboration on cybersecurity for government infrastructure.
The partnership is committed to furthering shared priorities and interests at both regional and international levels.
This includes exchanging experiences and best practices, particularly in tackling new and evolving technologies such as responsible use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The agreement will remain in effect for five years.