Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Thursday that the Australian government is working on a $240-million cyber-defence program in light of the countless cyber attacks the country faces on a daily basis.
The goal of the program is to protect Australia’s computer-generated systems from sophisticated attacks orchestrated by established offenders and those subsidised by the nation. Turnbull is also set to assign a minister to help him in all matters regarding cyber security.
Thousands of cyber attacks, which the government claims are becoming more and more recurrent and refined, are launched almost every year. These attacks range from illegally modifying data, unlocking a computer loaded with software that’s malicious, intellectual property theft and seeking ransom.
Although the government believes that a bigger and graver cyber attack, described as compromising national security, has yet to be conducted.
“Australians are targets for malicious actors, including serious and organised criminal syndicates and foreign adversaries, who are all using cyberspace to further their aims and attack our interest,” Mr. Turnbull said, according to 9News.com.au. “We must safeguard against criminality, espionage, sabotage and unfair competition online.”
The program’s primary concern would be “warmware” wherein an important and trustworthy insider has the ability to nick information that is confidential.
Clueless employees using USBs or other devices that have been infected with malicious software is another issue to lay focus on, as these devices have the capability to gather up information that these lawbreakers could easily get their hands on.
For the next four years, the money will be disbursed on the program and hire more than 100 employees who can help and train citizens and companies on how they can protect themselves from these cyber-attacks, enhance what they already know about the different forms of attacks and team up with other nations in taking down the “safe havens” of cyber offenders.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre will move to another location from the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) building in Canberra so that it will be able to reach out to citizens and companies in need of its help to fend off cyber-attacks, according to the Herald Sun.