By Darren Pauli
November 16th, 2010
Australia's military and defensive structures place it in a better shape
to defend itself against cyber attacks than the United States, according
to a senior analyst.
Gartner research director Andrew Walls said the nation's military and
intelligence agencies, including the armed forces and the secretive
Defence Signals Directorate, have been assigned clear areas of
responsibility and are structured to promote information sharing.
"Australia is in a very good defensive position," he said.
In the US, on the other hand, completely separate organisations might
share the same set of responsibilities, which could lead to delays and
clashes in responses to cyber threats.
"After 9/11, the US created multiple groups each with different
capabilities and responsibilities," Walls said. "Cyber capabilities come
under any number of agencies [in the US], including the NSA [National
Security Agency] which is a very different beast to the others."
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