By Peter Veness in Canberra
September 24, 2008
THE quick and ferocious nature of cyber attacks on government must be
recognised in the next generation of security, a previously unreleased
report from the Attorney-General's Department urges.
In March this year governments from Australia, the UK, New Zealand,
Canada and the US ran the largest-ever cyber war games, Cyber Storm II.
The participants, which included the private sector, were surprised by
the "borderless nature" of cyber attacks and the "speed with which they
can escalate", according to Freedom of Information documents obtained by
"Contingency planning must include potential flow-on effects," the final
report into Cyber Storm II says.
"An important learning was the need to formalise lines of communication
between government and industry to ensure that the scope of any problem
is properly understood to enable a coordinated and effective response."
Cyber Storm II tested critical infrastructure including dam walls,
telecommunications and government computer networks.
Corporate participants included Microsoft, the Commonwealth Bank, Optus,
Westpac, Woodside Energy and the Australian Securities Exchange.
Government agencies playing a part in the war games included the
Australian Federal Police, Defence Signals Directorate, ASIO, Centrelink
and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The report said Australia passed the games without major faults being
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