Australia Fights Back On Cyber Threats

Every month in 2009, Australia’s defense department suffered up to 200 electronic security incidents. The government is fighting back by recruiting 130 cybersecurity experts within the next five years on top of the 51 already employed at its operations center.

“Cybersecurity is one of the government’s top national security priorities,” said Defense Minister John Falkner in a press release. “Cyber intrusions on government, critical infrastructure and other information networks are a real threat to Australia’s national security and national interests.”

Recruits will be IT engineers, programmers and analysts. The new operations center will also employ representatives from the Defense Intelligence Organization, Australia’s military, scientists from the Defense Science and Technology Organization and the domestic spy agency the Australian Security Intelligence Organization.

Authorities are unsure of where the attacks are coming from, exactly, however the Australian Strategic Policy Institute believes that Australia’s close ties with the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand have made it an obvious target for attack.

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