By Karen Dearne
May 19, 2009
FEDERAL Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says technology security
specialists will help with the detailed design, operating and identity
security arrangements needed to underpin the new national broadband
In particular, supervisory control and data acquisition specialists
(SCADAs) can expect a boost, in recognition of the vital role of
critical infrastructure such as electricity, water supply, banking,
finance and aviation.
As more vital services such as health and aged care came to rely on
broadband, the security of networks was of the highest priority, Senator
Conroy told the AusCERT 2009 conference on the Gold Coast yesterday.
Confidence is a key factor in the uptake of new services by businesses
and citizens, and will be essential to ensure Australia reaps the full
benefits of the connected digital economy.
Acknowledging that the security of networked critical infrastructure
systems has often had a lower profile, Senator Conroy committed to
training and workshop programs to improve the skills and knowledge of
these issues among SCADA professionals. Skilled workers will be needed
for initiatives such as the $100 million public-private sector smart
grid project announced in the budget last week.
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