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The Australian Government has implemented a range of initiatives designed to enhance the protection of home users and small business from electronic attacks and fraud.

National Cyber Security Awareness Week

National Cyber Security Awareness Week is held each year in partnership with industry, community organisations and all levels of government. The Awareness Week aims to educate home and small business users on the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online.

This year, Awareness Week was held from 20 to 24 May, 2013. With nearly 1,400 partners (including around 700 schools) coming together for Awareness Week, the message of cyber security and safety was heard around Australia through a range of events, including seminars, webinars, media, social media, and other distribution channels.

If your organisation would like to be a partner for the 2014 Awareness Week, please visit the Awareness Week section of the Stay Smart Online Website.

Cyber Security website

The government's Cyber Security website, Stay Smart Online, provides information for Australian internet users on cyber security issues and the simple measures they can take to help protect themselves online.

The website offers information on a range of topics including securing your computer, tips on how to safely bank and shop online and information for small businesses. There are also links to resources for parents and teachers to help them protect their children online.

Stay Smart Online Alert Service

The Stay Smart Online Alert Service is a free service available from the Stay Smart Online website. It provides easy to understand information about the latest cyber security threats and vulnerabilities and possible solutions to help manage these risks. Users can receive alerts via email, online or by RSS feed.

Budd:e cyber security and safety education modules

The Budd:e cyber security and safety education package is a key component of the Australian Government's commitment to raising awareness among school aged children.

Budd:e comprises modules for both primary and secondary school students. These modules are interactive and self learning and are designed to help students adopt safe and secure online practices and behaviours in a fun way. Cyber security topics covered in the modules include malicious software, securing personal information online and social networking. The package includes comprehensive resources for teachers.

Budd:e won the 2010 Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA) award for best interactive media and digital content designed for children.

Budd:e is available free to all Australian schools through the Stay Smart Online website or via a CD ROM that can be ordered online. It is also available on Scootle, the Learning Federation's educational resources portal.

Internet service providers voluntary code of practice (icode)

The Department worked with the Internet Industry Association (IIA) to develop a voluntary cyber security code of practice for internet service providers (ISPs). Known as the icode, it provides a consistent approach for Australian ISPs to help inform and protect their clients in relation to cyber security issues, and address the problem of compromised computers on their networks.

The icode was implemented on 1 December 2010. More than 30 ISPs, representing up to 90 per cent of the Australian home internet market, have signed up to the icode.

The Department led a Government review of the icode to assess its effectiveness. The Government has now completed this review and will work with ISPs and consumer representatives to make the icode more effective. The review has made nine recommendations including:

  • improved ISP reporting on compliance
  • better collection of metrics
  • a consistent approach to education and awareness raising
  • The IIA will launch a revised icode, which takes into account the key recommendations of the Government review, shortly.

Australian Internet Security Initiative

The Australian Internet Security Initiative collects data from various sources to identify compromised computers on Australian networks. This information is provided to internet service providers so they may inform their customers that their computer appears to be compromised and give advice on how the compromise may be remedied. This initiative is delivered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Government Response to the House of Representatives Parliamentary Committee Report on Cyber Crime

On 25 November 2010, the Attorney-General and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy tabled the Australian Government's response to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications Report Hackers, Fraudsters and Botnets: Tackling the Problem of Cyber Crime.

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