Funding boost to make e-security awareness an annual event

$13.6 milliion package of initiatives

ICT Minister Helen Coonan, today launched a new component of the government's e-security Web site for the small to medium sized (SME) business sector.

Coonan said e-security can be daunting for small business and this initiative is aimed at providing them with the right information and guidance.

She said simple measures can put businesses on the front foot and prevent major and potentially costly e-security breaches later on.

"Small businesses will have quick access to a range of information that can be used to protect their own critical business information, along with the confidential information of their customers." she said.

Senator Coonan also invited expressions of interests to participate in the 2008 National e-Security Awareness Week.

Following a successful Awareness Week last year, additional funding has been allocated over the next four years to make National e-Security Awareness Week an annual event.

Coonan said the Stay Smart Online Web site and National e-Security Awareness Week are part of a $13.6 million package of initiatives announced by the Australian Government in the 2007-08 Budget.

These initiatives are part of the federal government's new e-Security National Agenda (ESNA) that was announced in July.

A copy of the E-Security National Agenda will go live today on www.dcita.gov.au/communications_for_consumers/security/e-security

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