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Cyber security vital for protecting Australia's economy.

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THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 070/2009


Cyber security is absolutely vital for protecting both defence networks and Australia’s economic systems, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, said today.

Mr Snowdon welcomed the focus on cyber security as one of the main themes of the AUSINNOVATE 2009 conference underway in Sydney today as part of CeBIT Australia 2009; Australia’s leading trade fair on Information and Communications Technology.

“In these days of online scams, identity theft, virus attacks and network intrusions, cyber security is more important than ever before to ensure a safe and trusted operating online environment for all Australians,” Mr Snowdon said.

AUSINNOVATE 2009 is being organised by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), CSIRO and National ICT Australia (NICTA), three of Australia’s largest publicly funded ICT research organisations.

“These organisations have put together a highly relevant program that not only highlights the issues facing cyber security but the complexities of the threats that are constantly changing and becoming highly sophisticated.”

The total cost of electronic crimes to the world economy is estimated at $3 trillion per year.

Mr Snowdon said AUSINNOVATE 2009 provided an excellent opportunity for research organisations and industry to exchange ideas and information and build relationships.

“AUSINNOVATE is an important mechanism to strengthen these linkages and to facilitate the transfer of research outcomes to industry,” Mr Snowdon said.

“DSTO is a key player in staging the AUSINNOVATE 2009 conference and engagement with the wider ICT community will assist DSTO in its mission to provide expert science and technology advice and innovative solutions for Defence and other elements of Australia’s national security framework.

“I’m very pleased that several DSTO scientists are presenting papers at the conference or participating in discussions, because cyber security is a high priority for Defence and the nation more broadly.”

Media contacts: Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689 Steve Butler (DSTO): 08 8259 6923 or 0418 800 323

Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664