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CERT Australia launches cybercrime and security survey

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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP Attorney-General Minister for Emergency Management


20 July 2012


CERT Australia will today launch a survey of Australian business to get a better picture of how cyber incidents affect business and the Australian economy.

The Cybercrime and Security Survey will target almost 500 organisations that work with CERT Australia including from the banking and finance, communications, energy, food, resources, transport and water, and other sectors that contribute to the economic prosperity and social wellbeing of Australia.

“Every day we hear reports of Australian businesses falling victim to cyber attacks, but it is important to assess the extent and full impact of these incidents on individual businesses and the broader economy,” Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said.

“Cyber security is an important issue so I will be writing to CERT Australia’s stakeholders to request their contribution to the survey.

“Cybercrime is a global problem but while international reports and experiences are informative they don’t provide a clear picture of what’s happening here.

“The survey will help Government and CERT Australia planning and in turn ensure all Australians can continue to safely and securely enjoy the benefits of the digital economy.”

CERT Australia, our national Computer Emergency Response Team, works with Australian business and the international community on cyber security incidents impacting Australian systems.

Australian businesses are the victims of targeted and non-targeted cyber security threats such as ‘distributed denial of service attacks’ and socially-engineered emails.

CERT Australia is not a commercial services provider, and does not substitute for internal security teams - it works with them on complex issues or incidents or those requiring a coordinated response.

“The government is committed to working in partnership with business to tackle cybercrime and improve cyber security for all Australians,” Ms Roxon said.

“This survey builds on CERT Australia’s work with the Australian business sector, and will help increase our understanding and address the global problems of cybercrime and cyber security threats.

“I encourage all Australian businesses that work with CERT Australia to participate in this survey”.

The survey results are expected in the next few months and will be published by the Centre for Internet Safety within the University of Canberra, who are working in partnership with CERT Australia.

For all media enquiries, please contact the Attorney-General’s Office on 0409 945 476