Australia pushing for APAC CERT

The Federal Attorney-General’s department is working on developing greater co-ordination between the international community, business, internet service providers and government agencies to better manage cyber crime, the House of Representatives Inquiry into Cyber Crime has heard.

Speaking at the Inquiry, Mike Rothery, first assistant secretary of the National Security Resilience Policy Division with the Attorney-General’s Department, said the department was working on a an international engagement strategy with several cyber security forums including the International Telecommunication Union, the UN, the OECD, and APEC.

“What we are looking for is a plan that we can actually share with the business community and with the ISPs such that we have an understanding of each other’s expectations in terms of managing a large cyber security incident,” he said.

Rothery also flagged the government’s intention to participate in Cyber Storm III, led by the US Department of Homeland Security, in October next year as an opportunity for the country to test its cyber security crisis management plan.

“It will have heavy private-sector engagement, as did Cyber Storm II, and will be a way for us to validate the plan,” he said.

The government, Rothery said, had also been working with Malaysia and Indonesia on cyber security issues and had been doing some regional “capacity building” under the auspices of APEC.

“There are a number of proposals under consideration, including one to create a Pacific region CERT and what relationship we might be able to have with such a body alongside the CERT that we are building for Australia,” he said.

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