Australia’s Defence department plans to tackle cyber threats
Australia’s Department of Defence has laid down plans to strengthen its network and system management capabilities to combat the rising threat posed by cyber warfare. According to the 2013 Defence white paper (pdf), launched today by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, there are advanced plans to invest in networks, data capture, intrusion detection and prevention and innovation, alongside continuing investment in ICT shared services. The department of Defence stated that cybersecurity continues to be a serious and pressing national security challenge. At the same time, the potential impact of malicious cyber activity has grown with Defence’s increasing reliance on networked operations. Minimizing Defence’s vulnerability to cyber attacks or intrusions in a crisis or conﬂict will remain a high priority. The department indicated there was immense work to be done to ensure the security and resilience of Defence systems. There are also plan to ensure network and system management, along with personnel and physical security are strengthened as part of the response. Defence want also to derive substantial benefits from an increasingly networked force with data capture being one area earmarked for improvement.
Defence expect the next generation of intelligence systems to require far more data than current platforms, not only in quantity but also in terms of the breadth and ﬁdelity of information. Continued investment in ICT systems will support increased requirements for high information volumes and processing and information sharing. According to the Defence team, the most advanced capabilities have a critical dependency on information, in areas such as electromagnetic spectrum, communications, data networking and precision navigation. Defence also unveiled several initiatives to take advantage of commercial and consumer technology for military use. Defence need to capture and integrate new developments in Military technologies into its systems to develop new mechanisms through which it can promote and encourage the exploitation and transition of new technologies. The Defence Science and Technology Organization is expected to head some of those efforts through a concerted program of strategic alliances, research agreements, research programs and collaborative arrangements with academia and industry. Defence is also keen to make sure more of the innovative ideas it generates internally progress from conception through to capability as soon as possible.