By Michael Crawford
Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has inked a whole-of-government
subscription deal with AusCERT for commonwealth agencies.
The subscription service, in which all Australian government agencies
will collaborate with AusCERT on security concerns for government
computers and information, follows on from a recent Memorandum of
Understanding between the two to further protect national information
Attorney-General Philip Ruddock, who signed the deal last Friday, said
the subscription to AusCERT is an important part in protecting national
"The ability of the government to serve the Australian people relies to
a very large degree on computer technologies that are robust and
effective," Ruddock said.
"Unfortunately there are many people - hackers, criminals and even
terrorists - who see our computer systems as 'fair game'.
"In subscribing to the AusCERT service, the government is raising the
level of security that protects Australian government computers and the
information they hold."
Nick Tate, director of AusCERT, said the annual subscription covers the
whole of government.
"They (the government) decided to have a subscription covering all of
the government rather than having individual agencies sign up to make it
a lot easier," Tate said.
"In essence it is an incident response arrangement, but I imagine more
of the work will be providing information about future and current
activities and trends as well as advice."
AusCERT is based at the University of Queensland.
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