Australian PM announces to establish cyber security center
CANBERRA, Jan 23, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Australian Prime Minister Julia
Gillard officially announced here on Thursday that a new
Australian Cyber Security Center (ACSC) will be established in
Canberra to boost the country's ability against cyber-attacks.
By drawing on the skills of the nation's best cyber security
experts, the ACSC will help ensure Australian networks are among
the hardest to compromise in the world, the prime minister said.
In her national security strategy speech on Wednesday, Gillard
listed cyber security as one of the major threats Australia has to
face in the new era.
Around 73 percent of Australians use the internet more than
once a day. Australians' use of cyberspace is estimated to be
worth 50 billion Australian dollars (52.5 billion U.S. dollars),
with the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) only
expected to accelerate these changes.
The 35.9 billion Australian dollar (37.7 billion U.S. dollar)
NBN project aims to provide access to fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP)
technology to 93 percent of Australian homes, schools and
"Cyberspace is increasingly a strategic asset for Australia,"
She then noted that Australia's cyberspace is subject to
In 2011-12, there were more than 400 cyber incidents against
government systems requiring a significant response by the Cyber
Security Operations Centre. In 2012, 5.4 million Australians fell
victim to cyber crime with an estimated cost to the economy of 1.
65 billion dollars (1.73 billion U.S. dollars).
"Securing and protecting our networks, and ensuring confidence
in the online environment, is pivotal to Australia's economy,"
said the prime minister.
According to Gillard, the ACSC will be responsible for
analysing the nature and extent of cyber threats, leading the
government's response to cyber incidents. It will work closely
with critical infrastructure sectors and key industry partners to
protect Australia's most valuable networks and systems. It will
also provide advice and support to develop preventative strategies
to counter cyber threats.
The ACSC will be the hub of the government's cyber security
efforts. 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.
Establishment of the ACSC will begin immediately and is
expected to be fully operational by late 2013.
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