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A new Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is to be established in Canberra as part of recently announced moves to fight cyber crime.
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Prime Minister, Julia Gillard said by drawing on the skills of the nation’s best cyber security experts, the ACSC would help ensure Australian networks were among the hardest to compromise in the world.
“Cyberspace is increasingly a strategic asset for Australia,” Ms Gillard said.
“Securing and protecting our networks, and ensuring confidence in the online environment, is pivotal to Australia’s economy.”
Ms Gillard said the ACSC would be responsible for analysing the nature and extent of cyber threats while also leading the response to cyber incidents.
“The ACSC will be the hub of the government’s cyber security efforts,” she said.
“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.”
Ms Gillard said industry, state and territory partners would have the opportunity to collaborate with the Government through the Centre.
The announcement comes after malicious cyber activity was identified as one of the key national security risks in the new national security strategy, released last week.
Establishment of the ACSC was to begin immediately and was expected to be fully operational by late 2013.
Strong and Secure: A Strategy for Australia’s National Security National Security can be accessed at this PS News link.
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