Australian Minister for Defence Senator John Faulkner has opened his military’s new Cyber Security Operations Centre in Canberra.
“The establishment of the Cyber Security Operations Centre within the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) is a major step in meeting the Government’s 2009 Defence White Paper commitment to provide comprehensive understanding of the cyber threat,” Senator Faulkner said at a ceremony to mark the occasion.
“Cyber security is one of the Government’s top national security priorities and the Cyber Security Operations Centre is a key part of a national cyber security initiative set by Government. Cyber attacks on Government and critical infrastructure constitute a real threat to Australia’s national interest.”
Two other cyber security measures were announced in the 2009-10 Budget – the creation of the new national computer emergency response team, CERT Australia and a study for the reduction in the number of Australian Government internet gateways.
The Cyber Security Operations Centre will develop capabilities to gain an edge in the cyber space domain and provide critical understanding of the cyber threat from sophisticated cyber attack, the Australian MoD said in a statement.
Senator Faulkner said: “The Cyber Security Operations Centre is well placed in the Defence Signals Directorate. It fits naturally with the DSD’s important role as the Commonwealth national authority on information security, providing government with protective security advice and assistance.”
The Cyber Security Operations Centre will have at its disposal the DSD’s high powered computing resources and advanced analytic techniques.
“The Cyber Security Operations Centre will employ around 130 highly-skilled information technology experts, engineers and analysts drawn from the DSD. There will also be representatives from the Defence Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Defence Force and scientists from the Defence Science and Technology Organisation as well as representation from the Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation and the Australian Federal Police,” Senator Faulkner