Govt moves to develop strategy against cyber attacks
03/06/2011 - The federal government has moved to address the growing threat of electronic espionage and cyber attack by announcing it will develop a national strategy.
The first step is to develop a comprehensive blueprint that aims to give government, business and individuals confidence in connecting to the internet.
Attorney-General Robert McClelland said a cyber white paper would examine what needed to be done to protect internet users.
It would also look at ways of ensuring Australia's national security, as well as consumer protection, cyber safety, cyber security and cyber defence.
"The digital world is evolving rapidly," McClelland said in a statement on Friday.
"It's transforming the way governments and businesses operate and the way Australians connect to each other and the world."
Defence Minister Stephen Smith said cyber threat was "a real, evolving and a growing" test to Australia's national security establishment.
"It comes from a wide range of sources, and from adversaries possessing a broad range of skills," Smith said.
The white paper is expected to be completed in the first half of 2012.
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