A comprehensive plan for a more collaborative national effort to tackle cybercrime has been unveiled.
The National Plan to Combat Cybercrime commits Australian governments to taking concrete steps under six key priorities: educating the community to protect themselves; partnering with industry to tackle the shared problem of cybercrime; fostering an intelligence-led approach and better information sharing; improving the capacity and capability of agencies to address cybercrime; strengthening international engagement on cybercrime; and ensuring criminal justice framework keeps pace with technological change.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the plan would ensure Australia became a harder target for sophisticated cybercriminals.
“This plan represents a national commitment to work together to ensure a safer and more secure digital environment for all Australians,” Mr Dreyfus said.
“While it brings tremendous benefits, the internet has created new opportunities for financially motivated cyber criminals and those who seek to target vulnerable members of our community.
“Organised criminals are increasingly using the internet and legitimate communications tools to target Australians and to facilitate their illegal activities.”
Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General, Shayne Neumann said while no official figures were available, a number of estimates placed the cost of cybercrime to Australia in the billions of dollars per year.
“As a key initiative under the National Plan to Combat Cybercrime, governments will implement a national online reporting facility for cybercrime,” Mr Neumann said.
“This will be called the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network or ACORN.
“ACORN will make it easier for the public to report cybercrime, get the information they need to protect themselves and ensure that agencies can respond quickly.”
He said it would also provide a clearer picture of the cybercrime affecting Australians, which would help ensure agencies' responses were as effective as possible.
The plan can be accessed at this PS News link.
Edition 376, 27 August 2013