Jan 23, 2013

Cybersecurity (and cyberbureaucracy) key for PM’s blueprint

The government's new National Security Strategy employs the same hysteria about cybersecurity that we've seen from other governments.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The Prime Minister has flagged “potentially devastating cyber-attacks” as a priority in the government’s new National Security Strategy and announced the establishment of new “Australian Cyber Security Centre” to combine existing cyber security functions across Attorney-General’s and its agencies the AFP, the Australian Crime Commission and ASIO, and Defence.

Launching the strategy in a speech this morning, the Prime Minister warned that “malicious cyber activity will likely be with us for many decades to come, so we must be prepared for a long, persistent fight” and that the government would “work closely with industry and international partners to develop a set of global ‘norms’ for online behaviour.”

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13 thoughts on “Cybersecurity (and cyberbureaucracy) key for PM’s blueprint


    The last sentence really sums it up: it’s a war against the paradigm shift. As the internet democratises information and throws open the possibilities of individuals and groups to communicate, governments are working hard to tamp it down, constrict it, and monitor everyone down to the last keystroke.

    As if the war on terrorism wasn’t abstract enough, now we have to have a perpetual war against ‘cyber terrorism’, something actually chimerical and unreal.

    Be alert AND alarmed, the government is here to watch you.

  2. gapot

    The PM and the AG are people who take advice from their public servants, who one would hope have no interest in giving false advice. Our MPs have very little knowledge about how the internet works so lets hope they are getting real advice.

  3. Mike Flanagan

    Chris Dunne;
    Be aware and forewarned I say and then got on with it. If the net facilitates the communication of most of the population on the earth then they will have to committ enormous amounts of IT power and resources to keep all our comments in their correct files.
    Flood them with the facts of the populaces’ perceptions of their actions and inactions.

  4. jesse mandrigorian

    or just get behind a vpn

  5. Harry Rogers

    The incredibly depressing thing about this speech is that the Liberal Party would just fall into line on this legislation. We need more clone sof Nick Xenophon please help Nick.

  6. Mike Flanagan

    Thanks jesse m, but I think they will find their way around that one (vpn).
    Even before the internet, they all had copious files on anyone that displayed a contrary attitude to their perceived norm.
    In fact I was reliably informed by one of the archivist with a badge, that they measured their interest in the file’s focus by the height of the file in inches.
    And that was before micro fish and microfilm.

  7. Mike Flanagan

    Bernard, I have enjoyed your informative articles on cyber security and your efforts to expose the overview position of all of governments and its impact on our privacy.
    But i would like to add to the discourse with the observation that the Media are major data storers of information. Their very Mast-Heads are valued by an implied assesment of the value of their library and stored intellectual value.
    Perhaps an expose of the MSM and Publishing companies treatment and protections of their own files and libraries would be in order.
    The current secrecy and privacy statement and disclaimers are really simplistic legalese to protect the provider of the statement rather public.

  8. Mike Flanagan

    Drat it! I hadn’t finished Bernard, before some command automated itself this end.
    THe last sentence should be finished with the word’..,alone’
    We have seen the impacts in Britain when the Murdoch’s infringed their responsibility to the community and thumbed their fingers at bussines and public ethics.
    Large sections of industry along with the Digitised and Aborcide sections of the media are gathering enormous amounts of data on everything and everyone.
    Keep up the good and proven Bernard.

  9. Mike Flanagan

    And Mother Superior in her dotage seems to have lost in the holy book of referral, my post at 7

  10. Apollo

    There have been times when I visited Crikey and got login someone else’s account. Total strangers’, not the people I know who use my computer.

    Weird. Data crossed over or sumfink.

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