Submissions to the E-Security Review are now closed.
On 2 July 2008, the Attorney-General and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy announced a review into the Government's security policy, programs and capabilities.
The Internet and its associated information infrastructure now underpin much of the global economy and are essential to continued economic growth. However, it has expanded in scope and functionality at an extremely rapid pace. Australia’s ever increasing dependence on this information and communications technology means the Government must remain vigilant to emerging online threats.
The Review took account of both the threat from electronic intrusions into Australian networks and the threat from complementary attacks on their physical, administrative or personnel security arrangements.
The Review examined the Australian Government’s current programs, arrangements and agency capabilities and capacities that contribute to cyber security, and considered opportunities provided by international cooperation, including engagement with similar economies and like-minded governments.
A purpose of the Review was the development of a new Australian Government cyber security framework for the maintenance of a secure and trusted electronic environment for both public and private sectors. In 2009 the Government released the inaugural Cyber Security Strategy which describes Australia’s cyber security policy.
The Review was led by the Attorney-General's Department, with assistance from other agencies represented on the Cyber Security Policy and Coordination Committee.
The Review's Terms of Reference and a public discussion paper outlining key issues are available for download here.
Please note that submissions are now closed.
The Review was greatly assisted in its deliberations by the contributions of organisations and individuals who made submissions to the Review. The Review Team would like to thank those organisations who prepared submissions and gave generously of their time.
On Friday 19 December 2008, the Australian Government announced the first outcomes from the Review. The media release can be found below:
Further cyber security initiatives announced by the Australian Government following the Review include:
- the creation of a new national computer emergency response team (CERT), to be coordinated by the Attorney-General’s Department – announced in the 2009-10 Budget, and
- the establishment of a Cyber Security Operations Centre located within the Defence Signals Directorate – announced in the 2009 Defence White Paper.
Enquiries relating to the Review may be directed to: