By Munir Kotadia
08 May 2007
The federal government has allocated more than AU$12 million over the
next four years to expand the Australian Government Computer Emergency
Readiness Team (GovCERT) and fight high tech crimes, including
According to federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock, GovCERT will be
enhanced in order to "provide owners and operators of Australia's
critical infrastructure with information to help reduce the risks from
sophisticated electronic attacks and to provide government with
information about the electronic risks to critical infrastructure."
The funding -- allocated from this year's federal budget -- will also
help ensure information is shared in a quick and effective way by
government and critical infrastructure organisations.
In addition, a "cyber-exercise program" is in the works to help the
country cope with "cyber-terrorism attacks".
"It is imperative that we remain one step ahead of emerging e-threats.
The measures announced in this year's budget will help create a secure
and trusted operating environment that will benefit all Australians,"
GovCERT was formed over two years ago and at the time, it was heavily
criticised by Graham Ingram, director of the Australian Computer
Emergency Response Team (AusCERT), for duplicating his organisation's
role and wasting taxpayers' money.
Ingram said: "If AusCERT didn't exist, the cost to the government would
be estimated at somewhere between AU$5 million and AU$10 million a
yearThe wise move is to support AusCERT because the costs of not doing
it are enormous".
Meanwhile, the Australian Federal Police stands to receive AU$15.6
million over four years from today's budget to combat complex
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