[LINK] Australian Government Cyber Security Strategy
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Fri Jan 15 17:04:25 AEDT 2010
Defence say their computers, 'sustained about 2400 attacks last year'
I guess that might be nothing compared to what Google must be facing.
> I see that the Cyber Security Operations Centre is now officially
> launched, according to the Labor party's newsletter item below ...
> Media Statement - 15th Jan 2010 John Faulkner - Minister for Defence
Defence repelled 2400 cyber attacks in 2009
Nicola Berkovic From: The Australian January 15, 2010 1:50PM
DEFENCE department computers sustained about 2400 cyber attacks last
year, Defence Minister John Faulkner revealed today.
Launching a new cyber warfare centre in Canberra, Senator Faulkner
outlined the scale of electronic attacks against government operations.
He said Defence investigated about 200 electronic security incidents a
month last year involving its own computers and networks.
Defence also responded to about 220 cyber attacks against other areas of
the Australian government last year.
Warning there was a dark side to technology, Senator Faulkner said the
new Cyber Security Operations Centre was a significant part of the
government's response to cyber threats.
The internet is not only a tool in this battle - cyberspace is a
battlefield itself, he said.
The launch of the centre comes amid escalating concern this week over
Chinese cyber attacks on Google and other major companies.
The media was for the first time allowed to enter the secretive Defence
Signals Directorate, of which the new centre is part, since its creation
US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, Defence Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Angus
Houston and other senior officials and diplomats also attended the launch
of the new centre.
Based within the Defence Signals Directorate in Canberra, the CSOC will
also draw in staff from the Attorney-General's department, the Australian
Security Intelligence Organisation, Federal Police and Defence, along
with scientists, software engineers and security analysts.
Senator Faulkner said the workforce of 51 brought into CSOC from the DSD
would grow to around 130 within five years.
"The new centre fits naturally with the DSD's role as the nation's
authority on information security, and the provision of protective
security advice and assistance," he said.
"It will also have at its disposal the DSD's high-powered computing
resources and advanced analytic techniques, which will enable it to
process large quantities of data."
The CSOC will work alongside the new CERT Australia, which will
disseminate threat advisories to the private sector and broader community.
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