ACS responds to the Government’s National Security Strategy
January 23rd 2013 - The Australian Computer Society welcomes the focus on Cyber security in the Government’s first National Security Strategy. As the Government have noted, the number of cyber incidents have increased by 42 per cent over the past two years, and it is key that we as a nation work together to protect the country from cyber attacks.
Besides the risk to critical infrastructure including banking and finance, emergency services, energy and utilities, food, health care, IT and communications, mass gatherings transportation and water, there is also a significant economic risk arising from cyber crime and terrorism. In our past submissions to the government the ACS have made the case that the best form of defence is for the Government to regulate and control practitioners who lead and manage our nations’ ICT based critical infrastructure.
Alongside the recommendations of the National Security Strategy, the ACS would hope to see:
· Registration of ICT practitioners to allow trusted authorities to share timely updates and information about threats. These are standards that industry and the public takes for granted as being integral to the practice of many other high trust occupations such as law, medicine and accountancy.
· Given the changing nature of security threats, it is critically important for Australia to invest in R&D in security technologies which are relevant to protecting computing systems and information infrastructures in the digital economy. These include secure and trusted distributed information and network systems, mobile software systems and networks and secure applications and web based online services.
· Governments must establish a basis for registration and control of ICT security professionals who work with business and national critical ICT based infrastructure. The standards that industry and the public takes for granted as being integral to the practice of many other high trust occupations such as law, medicine, teaching, accounting, electricians, plumbers and the like must also apply to ICT professionals.
· All firms should be encouraged and supported to develop up to date their knowledge and an appropriate cyber security plan that they can respond to and effectively contain a cyber attack to minimise damage and financial loss.
ACS President Nick Tate comments: “Elevating the recognition of ICT professional standards and skills within both industry and public spheres is a critical step in the future-proofing of our national cyber security. Without suitably qualified and certifiable practitioners, our ability to counter cyber attacks at any level will be greatly hampered.
“The ACS will continue our work with the government, industry and ICT practitioners to further the understanding of cyber security in Australia.”
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About the Australian Computer Society
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) is the professional association for Australia’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The Society exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT to be recognised as a driver of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters.
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