The South African government has set aside more than $ 20 million in this year’s state budget to help protect its systems from cyber attacks.
Budget documents released Tuesday show an “immediate investment” worth $ 20.6 million over three years to “improve [the] cybersecurity of government systems ”.
Funding – which will go to Prime Minister and Cabinet Department – will be used to “improve government-wide ICT cybersecurity systems and processes”.
More than half of the $ 20.6 million investment will be spent in 2021-2022, with just $ 4.9 million and $ 4.7 million allocated in 2022-2023 and 2023-24 respectively.
The government has also allocated $ 4.7 million per year in ongoing funding to “increase the capacity of government agencies to protect ICT systems against the threat of cyber attack.”
It follows a $ 12 million investment in whole-of-government cybersecurity in 2020-21, of which less than $ 4 million was detailed in last year’s budget.
Earlier this month, the state audit office found that 79% of the 292 public environments it assessed had not been tested in the past three years.
Elsewhere in the budget, SA Police marked $ 21.3 million to improve the links between its basic information, data and records management system – called Shield – and other justice agencies.
The funding will allow the force to complete stages three and four of the long-running Shied project, which began in 2013 and is supported by Niche RMS.
“Shield stages three and four will provide a comprehensive integrated system that links directly with other justice sector agencies to enhance collaboration and data sharing capabilities,” the budget said.
TAFE SA will receive $ 12.7 million over two years to “undertake a systems and process improvement program”, which builds on a $ 12.3 million program to “improve its systems.”
“The program will provide improved technology across regional infrastructure to enable campuses to be contemporary and digital ‘student learning centers’,” the budget documents say.
“The program will also help redesign more efficient processes in corporate governance and financial management functions. “
the Department of Health and Welfare secured $ 5.5 million over two years for an “electronic senior care business management system in all regional senior care facilities managed by SA Health.”
Only half of the 48 sites managed by SA Health currently use an electronic business management system to maintain resident information and care planning, with the rest still using pen and paper.
“This initiative foresees the deployment of the electronic management system of the care companies for the elderly in the 25 remaining regional sites”, indicate the budget documents.
“System functionality will also be extended to all sites to include medication management accessible via mobile devices at the bedside, supporting point-of-care data entry.
“This will improve the safety of care for residents and the administrative efficiency of the service. “
The government has also set aside $ 7 million over four years for an automatic vehicle location system (AVL) for the emergency services industry following a trial of the technology.
Other new initiatives funded in the budget include:
- $ 20.8 million in 2021-2022 for the ongoing transformation of Lot Fourteen, which is home to the Australian Cyber Collaboration Center and a number of other tech companies.
- $ 4.3 million for the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministry to improve the government’s online service portal, SAGOV, which also received $ 13.4 million in last year’s budget.
- $ 2.6 million over four years for a small business capacity program to improve resilience, including through digital and cybersecurity capacity development.
- $ 2.2 million over four years for the Department of Energy and Mines to support the continuation and expansion of the independent landowner information service.
- $ 1.6 million over four years, including nearly $ 1 million in grants, for businesses to encourage innovation through matching co-funding for health application pilot projects.
- $ 1.5 million over two years to “increase the capacity of the Office of Data Analysis to inform policy development.”
- $ 1.3 million over two years for three IT projects, including a referral management system and results reporting system, to support the child and family support system.
- $ 1.3 million per year for an agricultural technology adoption program administered by the Ministry of Primary Industries and Regions.