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Australia’s approach to nationalized Cybersecurity

From ITnews Australia

Government could require anti-virus on internet-enabled machines.

A parliamentary inquiry into cybercrime has recommended the Government appoint a Cyber Security Coordinator to lead whole-of-Government activities.

In a report presented to the Federal House of Representatives yesterday, the Standing Committee on Communications highlighted a need to consolidate Australian security efforts.

The Committee called for the establishment of an ‘Office of Online Security’, which would be located in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and headed by the Cyber Security Coordinator.

Working with State and Territory governments, regulators, departments, industry and consumers, the Office would be tasked with bringing together the current “plethora” of Government organisations responsible for tackling cyber crime.

Federal, State and Territory police, the Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), Australian Privacy Commissioner and Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) were among the “plethora” named in the report.

“This highly decentralised approach was regarded by some as an impediment to a nationally coordinated and strategic response to tackling the problem of cyber crime,” the Committee wrote.

In its submission to the inquiry, Microsoft Australia recommended that Australia consider the US model of a “cyber security czar” within the White House.

It moved to require ISPs establish contractual obligations that force subscribers to install anti-virus software and firewalls before the internet connection is established, and endeavour to keep this software up to date