Rudd dumps AusCERT

Rudd dumps AusCERT
Rudd dumps AusCERT 

By Karen Dearne
Australian IT
June 10, 2010

THE nation's Computer Emergency Response Team, better known as AusCERT, 
has been dumped by the Rudd Government.

AusCERT will be replaced by the federal government.s newly established 
CERT Australia, which will take over the critical role of frontline 
protection against cyber-threats.

Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland said CERT Australia "will now 
be the sole supplier of national CERT services to the community and the 
point of contact for international CERTs".

Last month, The Australian revealed AusCERT was yet to reach agreement 
on contracted services with the government after negotiations lasting 
almost a year. 

AusCERT, based in the University of Queensland, is largely funded by its 
private sector members and received federal funding of around $250,000 
per annum for government agencies subscriptions.


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