[LINK] E-security policy in pipeline
brd at iimetro.com.au
Tue Jun 9 12:29:42 EST 2009
E-security policy in pipeline
June 09, 2009
The federal government will release a policy framework in the next three
months to tie together a raft of e-security initiatives.
There have been several announcements about different security
initiatives over the past couple of months, including work slated under
the defence white paper as well as the recently created national
security resilience policy division.
An e-security policy framework is in the final approval stages,
according to the head of the national security resilience policy
division, Attorney-General's assistant secretary Mike Rothery.
"What we're now looking at doing is putting out a document to the public
that describes how that fits together and the capabilities we're seeking
to deliver in government to be able to achieve the outcome," Mr Rothery
The national security resilience policy division was established in
March as part of the Attorney-General's Department. It is responsible
for responsible for policy, legislation, advice and programs related to
developing national resilience to the full range of natural and human
made hazards including e-security, critical infrastructure protection,
identity protection and also emergency management policy.
Mr Rothery said one of the biggest priorities for his 100-strong team
would be working with Defence on the creation of a cyber security
operations centre. "The Defence White Paper referred to a 24 by 7 centre
for bringing together all of the information government has with regards
to cyber threats," Mr Rothery said. "That's the first time we'll have
that capability and that will be built within defence but there will be
offices from other government agencies such as the federal police and my
own team here will actually be in there."
His division is also working with the Internet Industry Association on
the creation of an ISP code of conduct and is leading information
exchanges with the banking, utility and telco industries.
The information exchanges will facilitate the sharing of sensitive
information about security vulnerabilities with the private sector, Mr
Rothery said. "The banking and utilities information exchanges are up
and running and the next one will be the telcos and that will be
happening this month," he said.
The news coincides with national e-security awareness week, which
includes the announcement of the first national "change your password
day" to encourage ensuring that passwords regularly be changed to
protect personal and financial information.
There is also the release of an e-security education module to teach
better security behaviours to school students between year three and
Telstra Foundation -- a charity arm of the telco -- has announced that
it will allocate $3million this year to help protect youths from cyber
bullying both on the internet and on mobile phones.
This will mean a boost of funding for the Spotlight on Cyber Safety
program to $6m this year.
The program has funded a range of programs which includes prevent youth
suicide and improve young people's mental health and wellbeing.
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