AG launches review into national e-security

Howard's security agenda dragged over coals.

A review of Australia's top e-security projects lead by the Attorney-General's Department has been launched to scrutinise the Howard's government's $73 million E-Security National Agenda.

Initiatives under the Critical Infrastructure Protection program, the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) will be dragged over the coals following the creation of a new national e-security framework, to be completed in October this year.

The framework will be moulded around government e-security initiatives, industry submissions and the upcoming Cyberstorm II report, which will review Australia's performance in a wargame between the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

A spokesperson for the AG department said an international e-security engagement strategy may be created to align bilateral and multilateral policy to the national e-security agenda.

Information sharing between governments and the private sector will be a hot topic in the review.

The e-security executive committee will comprise of senior representatives from the AG department, the DSD, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), the AFP and the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO).

Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the review will re-focus national programs to better address online threats.

"New and networked systems increasingly underpin our business and social interactions, but they also provide fertile ground for exploitation by cyber criminals," McClelland said.

"The review will also consider whether Commonwealth programs can be better focused to deal with the ever increasing range of online threats."

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the e-security review will be critical to the success of the National Broadband Network.

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