Fears AusCERT 2007 would only be remembered as the year the Australian Computer Crime and Security Survey was dumped from the conference agenda have proven to be unfounded.
Although the annual survey attracted a lot of media attention and featured highly at the event, AusCERT has always been about so much more to IT security folk.
AusCERT's success was never dependent on the survey and its statistical data which was compiled with the support of Australia's law enforcement agencies. It's success is more about the high calibre of speakers and networking opportunities.
Today the conference has more support than ever with organizers forced to close down registrations last Friday after it topped 1100. For this reporter who attended the very first AusCERT conference in 2002 it's hard to believe it is the same event.
Back then there were about 200 delegates. This number doubled in 2003 and as the saying goes, the rest is history.
In 2006 it cost AusCERT $44,000 to produce the computer crime survey, which provided local up to date information on network attacks over the previous 12 months.
These funds were made available from the federal Attorney General's department. However, this year those funds have been redirected to support a larger computer crime survey that will be published in November.
The new survey is being undertaken by the Australian Institute of Criminology. According to an AusCERT spokeswoman there was little benefit to be gained in producing two computer crime surveys in a single calendar year which focused on similar issues and sample populations.