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Cyber Attacks Hit 1900/day: Victoria Plans New Defence

The Victorian Government has launched a new program aimed at coordinating the public service’s response to cyber attacks, after claiming it faces as many as 1900 attacks daily.

The attacks are coming at a rate of about one attempted every 45 seconds, according to the Government’s chief information security officer, John O’Driscoll.

They are coming from a mix of “state actors, cyber criminals, political hacktivists and online vandals”, he said.

Under the Victorian Government’s planned new cyber incident management program, government agencies’ existing response program will be connected with Victoria’s emergency management arrangements. This plan is said to define four types of cyber events:

– Cyber event – a suspected or unsuccessful attempt to compromise with no business impact;

– Cyber incident – a compromise with minor impact;

– Significant cyber incident – compromise with limited or major impact; and

– Cyber emergency – “serious or exceptional compromise with community consequences”.

Government responses to cyber incidents will be managed by the Cyber Incident Response Service (CIRS) set up inside the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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