[LINK] No Australian govt defence against cyber attacks
kim at holburn.net
Wed Sep 29 19:45:10 EST 2010
> The government will not lift a finger to help businesses under
> attack from hackers, unless the offence presents a high risk to
> national security, a senior Attorney-General's policy official says.
> Instead, Australia's security agencies will forge a response based
> on the "pathology of the problem", incorporating the risk the attack
> poses to government and the community.
> Mike Rothery, first assistant secretary for the National Security
> Resilience Policy Division in the Attorney-General's Department,
> said organisations must source their own capability to defend attacks.
> "To be honest, we struggle to defend our own systems from the
> current threats — the idea that we can extend the envelope to
> protect the mining industry's SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data
> Acquisition) or the banking industry just doesn't fly," Rothery said.
> "The people that will defend Westpac will be from Westpac, and
> Telstra will use people from Telstra. It won't be the Australian
> Army or Signals Corps."
> Rothery said the government may offer some flavour of response
> depending on how the attack affects the community.
> Moreover, those businesses that are attacked and attempt a counter-
> offensive "hack back" may breach federal laws.
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