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Cyberstorm to Test Information Technology Defence

Cyberstorm to Test Information Technology Defence

Australia will today test its people and processes during a cyber exercise targeting computer systems in a US-led scenario planning exercise, Cyberstorm.

Cyberstorm will bring together representatives from a number of Australian Government departments, Australia’s counter-terrorism and policing experts and AusCERT for a one-day ‘table top’ exercise.

The exercise will test procedures, communication channels and response in the event of a cyber attack and international communication protocols between countries.

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said conducting such exercises was a key part of the Australian Government’s counter-terrorism strategy and the only way to effectively test systems against theoretical attacks.

“Terrorists are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to attack and disrupt our way of life. By conducting exercises such as these we increase Australia’s ability to detect, prevent and respond to cyber attacks,” Mr Ruddock said.

“Complex IT systems underpin many areas of our economy and they need to be defended.”

Australian participation in the event begins this morning and will be coordinated by GovCERT.au. This body is part of the Attorney-General’s Department and is responsible for formulating policies which coordinate and protect the National Information Infrastructure (NII).

The US Department of Homeland Security is in the midst of a week-long exercise that will culminate in attempts to exploit vulnerabilities and create havoc by disrupting transport and communications systems.

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