Warning from ONI Chief: Strict Procurement Regulations Hamper Innovation and Cloud Security

The risk-averse nature of government procurement poses a concern for the director-general of the Office of National Intelligence, Andrew Shearer, as it may hinder the adoption of new technologies from the private sector. Speaking at a gathering organized by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Shearer emphasized the importance of technology partnerships between government and the private sector. He urged for a reassessment of the government’s risk appetite, stating that failure is imminent if there is no change. Shearer also revealed that Australia’s top secret cloud project is being built with a focus on interoperability with the US and UK, as collaboration and the ability to share vast amounts of data are crucial.

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