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E-security high-priority for future digital economy

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy today joined industry experts to help shape Australia's future approach to e-security threats.

The Over the Horizon Forum in Sydney was the closing event of National E-security Awareness Week.

"The Government is investing strongly in the National Broadband Network to support Australia's participation in the digital economy," Senator Conroy said.

"In the future we will be increasingly reliant on broadband infrastructure and the internet to support a whole range of vital services and applications. E-security should be high on the agenda as we consider this future."

"The Over the Horizon Forum was a unique opportunity for Government, industry experts and other stakeholders to collaborate and identify future e-security challenges and strategies to address them."

The forum included discussions on important emerging areas of concern such as convergence, cloud computing, social networking, consumer issues and the borderless nature of the internet. It considered anticipated developments in the next 18-24 months and how collaborative responses could be developed.

"E-security is a shared responsibility and this forum identified the value of industry, Government and the community working together to develop future responses, Senator Conroy said."

"As work continues in this area, the Government will be looking to strengthen these important links with industry and the community, with a view to making Australia's e-security framework as comprehensive and resilient as possible" added the Attorney- General, Robert McClelland.

National E-security Awareness Week focussed on the simple steps that people can take to improve their online security, while working with stakeholders to consider future e-security strategies.

"National E-security Awareness Week has provided many opportunities to speak with people across Australia about adopting smart online behaviours and practices, as well as looking forward to future e-security issues," Senator Conroy said

"The message to the community has been simple. Being more secure online can be as easy as getting a better, stronger password and updating it twice a year."

"I would like to thank all our industry and community partners that have been involved in Over the Horizon Forum and National E-security Awareness Week."

Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy MINISTER FOR BROADBAND, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY DEPUTY LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATE

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Date: 12 June 2009 Contact: Tim Marshall 0408 258 457

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