Prime minister Julia Gillard has revealed more information about the recently announced Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), which is to be established in Canberra this year.
Speaking to staff at the Defence Signals Directorate on January 24, Ms Gillard explained that the government will be placing an increased emphasis on vulnerability management as cyber security becomes more of a strategic asset for Australia.
"By drawing on the skills of the nation’s best cyber security experts, the ACSC will help ensure Australian networks are among the hardest to compromise in the world," said Ms Gillard.
According to the PM, 5.4 million Australians became victims of cybercrime during 2012, costing the national economy an estimated $1.65 billion.
With cyberspace already being worth upwards of $50 billion to the Australian economy – and that number only likely to grow with the unrolling of the National Broadband Network – Ms Gillard explained that securing and protecting the county's networks would be pivotal to ensuring the future growth and success of the nation.
Thus the ACSC will be established to serve as a central location for analysing existing cyber threats whilst also developing preventative strategies for threats that might emerge in the future.
"The ACSC will be the hub of the government’s cyber security efforts. It will include, in one place, cyber security operational capabilities from the Defence Signals Directorate, Defence Intelligence Organisation, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Attorney-General’s Department’s Computer Emergency Response Team Australia, Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission," said Ms Gillard.
The government is expecting the ACSC to be fully operational by the end of 2013, and this news might serve as a reminder for any Australian organisation's concerned about digital security to ensure they are doing everything they can to mitigate the risk of being impacted by cyber threats.
One of the best ways to do this is through a Red Cell ethical hacking evaluation, which can simulate a legitimate attack on your organisation's system to determine where any vulnerabilities might be presenting themselves.
With minimal disruption and loss to productivity, your organisation can then therefore act to ensure that any potential weak points in systems or protocols are corrected in a timely and discrete manner.
Ms Gillard went on to thank the staff members who work at the Defence Signals Directorate for the work that they do regarding cyber security "and so much beyond".