Friday, February 4, 2011

Cyber security has become Australia's "fundamental weakness"

Australia's cyber security 'weak' - report

AUSTRALIA is increasingly ill-equipped to deal with cyber attacks on the country's energy, water, transport and communications systems, a report states.
The study by security think-tank Kokoda Foundation, to be released today, argues cyber security has become Australia's "fundamental weakness".

"A broader understanding of the nature, scale and extent of online threats to private information is crucial to the ongoing security of this country," report co-author John Blackburn said. Mr Blackburn is a former deputy chief of the air force.

The report recommends national security adviser Duncan Lewis be given lead responsibility for coordinating cyber security "across government".

It also suggests a federal minister be given specific responsibility for tackling online threats and a 10-year plan be developed to manage cyberspace.

The full report will be released in Canberra later today.

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