Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) 2015 Threat Report

By Cameron Abbott and Melanie Long

On 29 July 2015, ACSC released its first unclassified ‘Threat Report’ (Report).  The Report highlights the increasing number, type and sophistication of cyber security threats in Australia, and is a timely reminder to organisations to re-assess the level of their cyber security.

The key takeaway messages from the Report include:

  • even organisations that may not think that they hold valuable information, or that they would be of interest to cyber adversaries, could be a target for malicious cyber activities
  • ensuring a resilient, cyber-secure Australia requires coordination between government and the private sector, with organisations and their users taking greater responsibility for the security of their networks and information.

The ACSC envisages that the Report will be a useful resource for organisations to start an informed conversation about protecting their vital information.  ACSC co-ordinator, Clive Lines, has also said that, ‘if every Australian organisation read this report and acted to improve their security posture, we would see a far more informed and secure Australian internet presence,’ (Media Release, July 2015)

View the report here.

View the ASCS media release here.

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