Australia government to release cybersecurity white paper as cyber threat grows

The Gillard government has become so concerned about attacks on the computer systems of industry and the public sector it will produce a white paper focusing largely on cyber security.In a speech in Adelaide today, Attorney-General Robert McClelland will warn that foreign intelligence agencies, criminal gangs and commercial competitors are targeting intellectual property in Australia worth $30 billion. see:Canberra to act on cyber threat
Australia is to create its first national cyber strategy to confront the growing threat of electronic espionage, with one of the nation’s most senior public servants disclosing that his department endures ”daily” electronic intrusions.Search engine Google has already revealed sophisticated attacks on hundreds of users of its email service, Gmail, that it traced back to China. to defend itself in cyber war
Australia will create its first national cyber strategy to confront the growing threat posed by electronic espionage, theft and state-sponsored cyber attack, with one of the country’s most respected public servants revealing his department endures ”daily” electronic intrusions.The announcement of the creation of Australia’s first cyber white paper comes as Google revealed it has discovered sophisticated attacks on hundreds of users of its email service, Gmail, aimed at stealing their passwords and monitoring their email. White Paper [Attorney-General, Minister for Defence & Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy joint news release]
The Gillard Government today announced it will develop Australia’s first Cyber White Paper to provide a comprehensive blueprint to help Australians connect to the internet with confidence.Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the White Paper will be a comprehensive review of how Governments, businesses and individuals can work together to realise the full benefits of cyberspace while at the same time ensuring current and emerging risks can be managed.”The digital world is evolving rapidly. It’s transforming the way governments and businesses operate and the way Australians connect to each other and the world,” Mr Mc McClelland said.”The Government has commissioned the White Paper to ensure Australia’s electronic operating environment continues to maximise the benefits of the digital economy, build Australia’s digital future and support Australia’s national security.”The Cyber White Paper will examine what we need to do to protect ourselves online, the role of government, industry and the public in protecting our interests, and Australia’s enduring priorities in the cyber environment.”The Cyber White Paper will cover a broad range of areas including consumer protection, cyber safety, cyber crime, cyber security and cyber defence.”The White Paper will build on the Government’s 2009 Cyber Security Strategy and the establishment of the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC), CERT Australia, the Cyber Safety Plan and the Digital Economy Strategy.”The cyber threat to Australia is real, evolving and a growing test to our national security establishment,” Minister for Defence Stephen Smith said.”It comes from a wide range of sources, and from adversaries possessing a broad range of skills.”Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and targeted. They are no longer confined to random acts of opportunism.””Cyberspace is a shared domain and no single nation can address the security challenges alone. Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom are working together to promote a secure, resilient and trusted cyberspace that ensures safe and secure access for all.””Australia agreed to expand cyber collaboration efforts with the United Kingdom at the Australia-United Kingdom Ministerial consultations in January this year. This followed a similar agreement with the United States at the Australia-United States Ministerial consultations in November 2010.”Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy said the development of the Cyber White Paper recognises the increasingly significant role the online environment plays in the lives of Australians.”With increased availability and use of technology, it’s important that all Australians are able to go online safely and securely,” he said.”The Cyber White Paper will detail the Government’s plan to harness the benefits of the digital economy while ensuring that Australians are also equipped with the knowledge to confidently engage in the online environment.”Cyber security is a shared responsibility across government, individuals and industry.”Through fostering strategic partnerships across different sectors of Australia’s digital economy, we can help Australians take full advantage of the opportunities that new technology provides and to be aware of the risks so that they can connect with confidence.”The Cyber White Paper will be led by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.The Government will commence extensive public consultations from next month via a public discussion paper.The White Paper is expected to be completed in the first half of 2012.

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