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ACMA launches Australian Internet Security Initiative online portal

by Justin Hendry •
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Internet service providers (ISP) and educational institutions have improved access to information regarding malware activity within their organisations, with the release of the Australia Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA)Australian Internet Security Initiative (AISI) online portal.

The AISI is a free service that has collected data on malware activity since 2005 and notifies participants of infections within their networks.

In the past, the AISI could link malware observations to specific internet connections, however with the rise in the number of devices connected to single networks, identification became more difficult.

“The new AISI portal, however, is local network aware: it recognises the multiple devices connected to local networks. For the first time, it now provides internet service providers with detailed information about an infection that can determine the problem device within a home or business network,” said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman in amedia release.

Today 74 per cent of medium sized-businesses, 56 per cent of small businesses and around half of Australian households host more than five devices or have their own network connected to the internet, according to research by ACMA.

AISI has 139 members covering 90 per cent of residential internet users. 

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