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Free [Australia] security alerts launched

A FREE service to alert small and large companies to imminent IT security threats through the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team was launched at the AusCERT 2003 conference on the Gold Coast today. Attorney-General Daryl Williams said the alerts system, and a complementary incidents reporting scheme due to be operational within three months, would give businesses greater access to information about computer vulnerabilities and combatting network attacks. “The borderless nature of cyberspace is one of its attractions, but we also need to ensure we are not putting the security of our nation at risk,” Mr Williams told about 500 IT security professionals in a video broadcast to open the four-day program. “We cannot view Australia in isolation. It is vital to co-operate in the international arena to establish a culture of security.” Australia was particularly vulnerable to virus and worm attacks which typically launched as work got underway each day. Full Story

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