Australian Engineers Off to US for Secret Cyber School

Australia’s top civilian cyber unit is sending hundreds of engineers to a U.S. government facility that reportedly created the world’s most potent cyber weapon, Stuxnet. According to a www.theage.com.au article by Dylan Welch, the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) engineers will visit the Idaho National Laboratory. And this is supposedly not the first time the country has sent cyber experts to the U.S. for training; they’ve been doing it for years.

The engineers will receive training on defending critical infrastructure from cyber intrusion, which can cripple communication lines and other infrastructure.

The role of CERT engineers at the Idaho National Laboratory was revealed by the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, during a speech last week, and this week, a spokesman for McClelland described the facility as a “world leader in cyber security training.”

“'Working closely with the owners and operators of critical infrastructure and systems of national interest, CERT Australia is a critical part of the Government's approach to cyber security and helps ensure threats and vulnerabilities are detected and mitigated,”' the spokesman said, according to the www.theage.com.au report.

For more information about the Idaho National Laboratory’s involvement with cyber intrusion training, read the full article: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/engineers-off-to-us-for-secret-cyber-school-20110408-1d7pt.html