Cyber attacks on Australian Government increases

October 22, 2012

The Australian Government’s Cyber Security Operations Centre well known as CSOC has dealt with a 52 percent increase in cyber security incidents in the first nine months of 2012 according to latest data. Information available shows that CSOC responded to 470 security incidents in the first nine months of 2012 compared to 310 for the whole of 2011.Although cyber security is now a global challenge for all parties,the Australian Government, industry and individuals must come out and fight this menace as most dangers do not come from other countries only but also non-state actors. CSOC’s latest data that I have managed to read,suggests that these actors are often global criminal sources -with 65 percent of cyber intrusions “economically motivated”.Looking at the data and comparing it with Symantec’s 2011 estimates that cybercrime accounted for $4.5 billion more than the cost of burglary and assault combined.Personally,I feel Australian organizations and agencies need to embrace the defensive strategies like use application whitelisting to help prevent malicious software and other unapproved programs from running.

It is also important to patch applications such as PDF readers, Microsoft Office, Java, Flash Player and web browsers and patching operating system vulnerabilities. Organizations should also minimize the number of users with administrative privileges. Such moves would defend against some 85 percent of intrusions.I also want to laud the Australian government four strategies of memorable DSD slogan of Catch, Patch and Match.Catch malware by application whitelisting,Patch software and operating systems and Match administrator rights to the right people.The evidence to date clearly indicates the “Catch, Patch, Match” approach is the best way to mitigate against cyber intrusions, protect your most valuable information and enhance the resilience of your networks

Contador Harrison