The PM\u2019s cyber security minister will pen a stern letter to cabinet ministers urging them and their departments to take cyber security more seriously in the wake of a damning report pointing them out as a \u2018weak link\u2019 in the nation\u2019s cyber defence. The ANU\u2019s National Security College surveyed 22 government and agency IT chiefs finding that 58 per cent felt their board lacked a sufficient understanding of cyber security matters, which 37 per cent admitted were rarely discussed at board level. Researchers found similar results for Commonwealth agencies. Nearly a third of respondents said their board never receive reports on cyber threats. \u201cThe data indicates that executive\/board knowledge of cyber risks is inadequate,\u201d the report said, leading to a \u201creduced capacity to adequately understand, and take seriously, the full range of threats\u201d. Launching the report, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, Dan Tehan, told the ABC: "What I will be doing is writing to all cabinet ministers asking them to point out to their departmental heads and agency heads the need for them to take cyber security very seriously." "[I\u2019ll make clear] the need for them to make sure that there is reporting occurring at senior levels of the executive, and that there is someone responsible at the senior level of the executive for cyber security." Joint Cyber Security Centres Speaking earlier in the day at the launch of Optus Business\u2019 $10m Advanced Security Operations Centre (ASOC) in Sydney, Tehan continued to beat the drum for greater collaboration between industry and government to improve cyber security. \u201cThe key thing is that it\u2019s got to be a collaborative effort,\u201d he said. \u201cit\u2019s going to require government, business and individuals all working together if we\u2019re going to continue to stay on top of the cyber security threat that we face.\u201d The minister said the soon-to-be-launched Joint Cyber Security Centres, the first of which will open in Brisbane this year, would help towards this effort. Government met with industry figures last week to discuss how the centres would operate. \u201cWe had a meeting where we bought industry together and we shared ideas as to what that centre should look like, what business would like to see, how it works, what ideas they had, how we can make sure the collaboration is working. So we\u2019ve gone away from that, we\u2019re going to look at that, reevaluate and make sure how the centre works is going to work for government and as importantly, industry,\u201d Tehan said. Breach bill and more funds Tehan added that he hoped the proposed mandatory data breach notification scheme bill \u2013 requiring some organisations to notify the Australian Information Commissioner and affected individuals if it experiences a data breach \u2013 would pass through parliament \u201cas quickly as possible\u201d and that he was \u201cnot expecting any hiccups\u201d. Asked whether government funding for cyber defence was adequate following the recent announcement of the UK government's $3 billion national cyber security strategy, Tehan said: \u201cAs this [cyber] issue evolves and as we have to deal with issues, obviously there might be a need for further resources. But at the moment the key thing is: we\u2019ve got a strategy in place, we\u2019ve put dollars behind it, the key now is just to roll out and implement the strategy and that\u2019s what the government\u2019s seeking to do."