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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Assisting on whole of government technology agreements November 2, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on its whole of government purchasing agreement with SAP. The DTA was set up in 2015 to assist government departments and agencies with digital transformation and … Continued

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Winner of the first William Ah Ket Scholarship announced November 21, 2017

Tuesday 21 November 2017 A solicitor in a Victorian government agency is the first winner of the William Ah Ket Scholarship, a $5,000 prize named after the first barrister of Chinese heritage in Australia. K … Continued

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Maximum term contracts considered by the Commission: has their use expired? December 11, 2017

Last week, in what is a decision with potentially significant implications, the Fair Work Commission Full Bench has overturned the legal principle underpinning the widespread use of maximum term contracts. These contracts are a common … Continued

Cyber and Data Resilience

The concept of ‘cyber resilience’ is one that recognises the need for any organisation to plan, be prepared for and recover quickly from a data breach or malicious cyber attack, whatever the cause, source or motive.

Cyber and Data Resilience is not just an IT issue but affects almost all aspects of an organisation’s activities. Accordingly, the Maddocks Cyber and Data Resilience team advises clients on all aspects of the cyber resilience life cycle.

Our aim is to work with our clients to ensure they are Cyber and Data Resilient, whilst being prepared to effectively respond to an attack. We take a ‘whole of business’ approach, working collaboratively with key stakeholders across business units and helping to embed a high privacy culture within an organisation.

We regularly advise on:

  • regulatory compliance under applicable legislation including the Corporations Act, the Privacy Acts and the Australian Consumer Law. We also assist in understanding how guidance issued by regulators such as Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority give further content to the legislation, including guidance specific to particular industry sectors
  • information audits and identifying applicable cyber and information security standards and risk assessment frameworks, including the Australian Signals Directorate’s ‘Essential Eight’, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s ‘Cyber Security Framework’, the ISO/IEC 27000 series standards and security controls and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
  • all facets of cyber-related ICT procurement, including ensuring that the right questions are asked in the approach-to-market phase, vetting supply chains for risk issues, undertaking due diligence on corporate structures and the potential for changes of ownership or control, and drafting and negotiating cloud services agreements
  • internal policies and procedures and ensuring they are up to date. For example, we can prepare data breach notification plans to assist your organisation to comply with the mandatory data breach laws
  • development, co-design and/or roll out of education and training materials for your organisation’s staff and key stakeholders in areas such as privacy compliance, cyber and data security legal framework, IT procurement and cloud computing contracting.

Our lawyers take a keen interest in staying at the forefront of Australian government policy and international developments in cyber security, as well as approaches to cyber governance and regulation in South East Asia and the broader Asia-Pacific region.

Our team includes experts in communications, technology, employment, corporate advisory, dispute resolution and public law.

See also our Technology sector page and our Technology, Media & Telecommunications services page.