PM commits $1.46 billion to improving cyber security networks

Julia Gillard also announces establishment of Australian cyber security centre.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that $1.46 billion has been set aside by the Australian federal government to strengthen cyber networks as part of a National Security Strategy (PDF).

The funding ,which will be spread out to the year 2020, is designed to strengthen what Gillard described as Australia’s “most sensitive” networks.

In addition, a new Australian Cyber Security Centre will be established by the end of 2013 that will combine existing cyber security capabilities across the Attorney-General’s Department, Defence, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Crime Commission in one location.

According to Gillard, the centre will provide Australia with an expanded and more agile response capability to deal with all cyber issues--be they related to government, industry, crime or security.

“Importantly it will also create a hub for greater collaboration with the private sector, state and territory governments and international partners to combat the full breadth of cyber threats,” she said during a speech delivered in Canberra.

“Malicious cyber activity will likely be with us for many decades to come, so we must be prepared for a long, persistent fight.”

Gillard also announced that she has established the Office of the Cyber Policy Coordinator to provide leadership and coordination.

“For the public sector, we must ensure that our most important networks are some of the hardest to compromise in the world,” she said.

“But government alone cannot develop a secure and safe digital environment.”

Gillard added that the federal government must continue to work closely with the information security industry and international partners to develop a set of “global norms” for online behaviour.

“The Internet must remain open but also be secure.”

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Wow, this is the same Government which shutdown the Cybersafety program from the John Howard years. All you get now on the government site is links on where to purchase items like Net Nanny (used to be free Govt sponsored). So why the smiles and look at me. As they have saved from what they closed!



Which Government Organisation won the lotttery for 'ownership' and 'accountability' for the new multi-purpose cyber security outfit; afterall if the matter involved breaches of Criminal Law then the legal bodies like the Police would be the lead agency, and if it involved security and intelligence then ASIO would be the lead agency?



They had to get rid of the free (and very good) Cybersafety program so that they could claim that they 'had' to impose government censorship. You know, to 'protect all the children', etc.

Unfortunately (!) they didn't quite have the numbers to get away with it.



Dear ASIO what have you done about that corrupt Ericsson retard who runs the Intercept Management System (phone tapping system)? I guess he's rubbing your back too.



THIS inept mob should be kept as far away from the internet as possible. They've already ridden roughshod (or attempted to) over too many of our rights and freedoms. They should NEVER be allowed any authority over the internet.

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