Prompted by risks associated with Australia’s increasing reliance on ICT and the threat of a hostile online environment, the Federal Government has announced a review to assist the development of a national framework for securing Australia’s electronic networks.
Announced jointly by Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, “The e-security review is an opportunity to look at what help the Government can provide to develop a more secure and trusted electronic operating environment for both the public and private sectors. … The review will also consider whether Commonwealth programs could be better focused to deal with the ever-increasing range of online threats."
One of the issues to be addressed by the review will be security challenges emerging from the roll out of the new national broadband network.
A multi-agency team, led by the Attorney-General’s Department, will conduct the review. Assistant Secretary of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Branch in Attorney-General's, Mike Rothery, will head an executive review committee comprising senior representatives from ASIO, Defence Signals Directorate, AFP and AGIMO.
The review will be completed by the end of this year. Written submissions on the issues raised in the e-security review discussion paper must be submitted by 31 July.