Now operational, Australian Cyber Security Centre soliciting incident reports

The newly-operational Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has kicked off its efforts to catalogue the incidence of cyber-security breaches, calling on businesses and government agencies to report breaches through a page on its Web site.

The information will be collected and used to support the ACSC's mission to serve as a hub for collaboration and information sharing, the organisation said in a statement. Among its many goals is the unification of the private sector with state and territory governments, academia and international partners to mount a more consistent defence against security threats.

“Every report helps the ACSC to develop a better understanding of the threat environment and will assist other organisations who are also at risk,” ACSC co-ordinator Major General Stephen Day said in a statement.

“Cyber security incident reports are also used in aggregate for developing new defensive techniques and training measures to help prevent future incidents.”

The online form prompts visitors to enter relevant technical details, whether the incident was successful and compromised or disrupted services, and what sensitivities are in place around the information or individuals targeted.

The call for submissions complements a six-month review of the nation's cybersecurity defences, announced by prime minister Tony Abbott at the official opening of the new Canberra facility in late November.

The ACSC has brought together cybersecurity experts from organisations including the Australian Crime Commission, Australian Federal Police, ASIO, the Australian Signals Directorate, and the Attorney General Department's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Individuals are encouraged to report cybercrimes to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN), which provides what ACSC describes as “a secure reporting and referral service” for cybercrimes and other potentially illegal online activity.

A phone hotline (1300 292 371) is also available for reporting security incidents to ACSC.

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