[ISN] Aussie forces ready, but cyberwar is chaff

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 00:13:37 -0600 (CST)

By Darren Pauli
November 16th, 2010

Australia's military and defensive structures place it in a better shape 
to defend itself against cyber attacks than the United States, according 
to a senior analyst.

Gartner research director Andrew Walls said the nation's military and 
intelligence agencies, including the armed forces and the secretive 
Defence Signals Directorate, have been assigned clear areas of 
responsibility and are structured to promote information sharing.

"Australia is in a very good defensive position," he said.

In the US, on the other hand, completely separate organisations might 
share the same set of responsibilities, which could lead to delays and 
clashes in responses to cyber threats.

"After 9/11, the US created multiple groups each with different 
capabilities and responsibilities," Walls said. "Cyber capabilities come 
under any number of agencies [in the US], including the NSA [National 
Security Agency] which is a very different beast to the others."


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