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Security agency 'needs funds'

AUSTRALIA’S peak virus and hacker incident detection agency, AusCERT, will be unable to adequately deal with increasing electronic attacks without a major boost in funding, according to security expert Nick Ellsmore. Despite greater awareness of growing terrorists threats to physical security in Australia, potentially devastating electronic attacks had remained largely ignored, said Mr Ellsmore, a consultant and director of security firm SIFT. With five separate federal departments engaged at some level in responding to electronic threats, senior analysts have called on government to move policy to a more centralised base. The MSBlaster worm, which infected tens of thousands of machines across Australia last week, was a relatively benign, and timely wake-up call to government, Mr Ellsmore said. Full Story

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