PwC review lauds ATO's security practices

Tax office a bastion of secure information, review finds.

The Australian Taxation Office is on top of its game when it comes to information security, an independent investigation has found.

PricewaterhouseCoopers was commissioned last December to do a comprehensive four-month long review of the security practices at the Tax Office.

In his summary notes, PwC partner Mark Ridley, said that as an organisation, "the Tax Office is highly conscious of information security and considers the security of the information with which it is entrusted as a serious business issue."

Furthermore, "the Tax Office compares favourably with other organisations - particularly with regard to security culture - and a strong sense of responsibility for security exists amongst Tax Officers."

The ATO undertook the review as a preventative measure after high profile cases overseas such as in the US and UK that resulted in the loss or disclosure of sensitive information.

"It was clear during the course of this review with meetings with Senior Executives and Management from across the organisation, that the Tax Office generally has a lower appetite for risk in relation to stewardship of client information than many other organizations which we see," the report reads.

"While this evidently stems from the large volumes of personal and corporate sensitive information which the Tax Office processes on a daily basis, the Tax Office appears more security conscious when compared to other organisations with large customer and financial databases."

The ATO came up trumps in many areas. The investigation, titled Information Security Practices Review, also found the ATO's information security governance structures are "generally sound"; it has a clear corporate stance on security matters; has effective education and awareness programs; has a well defined security classification framework; has a range of effective security monitoring mechanisms; and has incident response mechanisms in place.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Howard Dahdah

Computerworld
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?