CERT office opens for business in Brisbane

Primed for cyber security responses

The office of the national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) has opened its doors in Brisbane this month.

CERT Australia commenced operations in January this year and is the government’s source of cyber security information for the Australian community and the point of contact for international cyber security counterparts.

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, said Australia faces increasingly sophisticated and organised online threats.

“For this reason, the new Brisbane office is particularly important as it will significantly enhance Australia’s cyber security and computer response capability,” he said in a statement.

The establishment of CERT Australia was a initiative of the Australian Government’s cyber security strategy, which recognises the importance of detecting and responding to significant cyber threats.

"Through its work with the private sector, CERT Australia aims to ensure that the systems that provide everyday services for Australians are safe and secure," McCleland said. "In this way, CERT works to improve the resilience of both our critical infrastructure and the broader digital economy."

CERT has established three sector information exchanges with the banking/finance, control systems and telecommunications sectors to enable government and business to share cyber security technical information and experiences.

The organisation also works with other CERTs around the world, and led Australia’s recent participation in the multinational Cyber Storm III exercise, which recognised the importance of continually testing to respond to a widening range of cyber threats.

Importantly, CERT Australia has recently accepted an invitation to join the Asia-Pacific CERT community, and is negotiating bilateral cooperative agreements with a range of countries in the region.

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