Australia's Feds gear up for e-attacks

The e-security group will take a strategic approach to security and cover a range of essential information networks including telecommunications, banking and finance, transport and distribution, energy and utilities, information services, defense and emergency services.

Announcing the group, IT Minister Richard Alston and Attorney General Daryl Williams said it will be made up of representatives from key commonwealth agencies and will be chaired by the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE).

In addition to security, the group will work on incident reporting, awareness raising and skills shortages.

The government has also formed a subcommittee chaired by the Attorney General's Department, called the Critical Infrastructure Priorities Group, to focus on critical elements of the NII such as threat and vulnerability assessments of key infrastructure.

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