CANBERRA, July 29 AAP - Australia urgently needs to update its cyber security policies to meet the growing threats from criminal organisations and state hackers, a think tank says.
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) says a cyber security white paper must be produced within 12 months after the federal election to help business and government better respond to cyber threats.
The last major government policy paper on cyber security was published in 2009.
"In a rapidly technologically evolving environment, it's unacceptable for cyber policy to be left without updating for four years," ASPI said in its report released on Monday.
"This must be addressed as a matter of urgency."
ASPI warned Australia risked falling behind on cyber security globally if it does not act soon on developing better policies.