International cooperation on cyber security and crime

[Attorney-General’s Department news release] Attorney-General Robert McClelland said Australia’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) will take part in an international Cyber Crime Conference to be conducted by the United States Department of Defence starting today.”Cyber security and crime poses a significant challenge for our law enforcement and criminal justice system,” Mr McClelland said.”The Internet makes it easy for criminals to operate from abroad, especially from those countries where regulations and enforcement arrangements are weak.”For this reason, cyber security increasingly requires a coordinated national and international response.”The Conference, being held in Atlanta, Georgia, will focus on all aspects of cyber security, computer crime and incident response including intrusion investigations, cyber crime law, digital forensics, information assurance, as well as the research, development, testing, and evaluation of digital forensic tools.”This represents an important opportunity to strengthen international relationships and improve the effectiveness and coordination of responses to global cyber threats,” Mr McClelland said.The Conference will be attended by representatives from a range of fields including Counterintelligence Special Agents, Criminal Investigators, Computer Forensic Examiners and Prosecutors, as well as Government representatives from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.CERT Australia – which marks its first year of operations this month – works closely with the owners and operators of critical infrastructure and systems to ensure that threats and vulnerabilities are detected and mitigated. It is also the Government’s primary source of cyber security information for the Australian community and the point of contact for Australia’s international cyber security counterparts.The establishment of CERT Australia was a key initiative of the 2009 Cyber Security Strategy.As part of this Strategy, the Government has taken other significant steps to address cyber crime and related cyber security threats, including:

  • establishing the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) in the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD);
  • creating the ‘Stay Smart Online’ website ( which provides an alert service and information on the latest cyber threats and vulnerabilities and how to address them;
  • working with State and Territory Governments to ensure a nationally coordinated response to cyber crime, including consideration of a national online reporting portal;
  • working with the Internet Industry Association to implement a voluntary ISP Code to help inform, educate and protect customers in relation to cyber security issues;
  • partnering with industry, community and consumer groups on cyber security awareness initiatives such as the ‘Protecting Yourself Online – What Everyone Needs to Know’ booklet which provides information and advice to stay secure online; and
  • establishing a Cyber Policy Coordinator within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Through this work, the Commonwealth Government remains committed to protecting our national interests in an evolving technological and security environment.

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