Posted November 05, 2019 15:59:56 The Federal Government is considering the creation of a national vulnerability information system, as a way to prevent potential breaches from occurring in Australia’s defence, intelligence and defence intelligence agencies.
Key points:The new database will be the first of its kind in the world and will be operated by the Australian Federal Police, Australian Federal Security Agency and Defence Intelligence OrganisationThe database will contain information on Australian people’s online activitiesThe data will be encrypted and stored on servers in the United StatesThe Australian Federal Government has been asked to create a national database to protect the country against breachesThe data has been described as a “national treasure” by the GovernmentThe Australian Government has already started to work on the database, which will be a joint venture between the Federal Government and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), the federal police and the Defence Intelligence Organization (DIO).
The new national vulnerability management system will be overseen by a taskforce made up of federal agencies, including the AFP, ASIO and DIO.
The taskforce is expected to make its findings and recommendations in late 2018.
The proposed database will include data on Australians’ online activities, including social media, online gaming and online banking, as well as information on breaches in the Defence and Defence-Industrial Organisation (DMIO), Australia’s Defence Force and the Armed Forces Intelligence Organisation.
“The National vulnerability Management System (NVMSS) will be managed and managed in accordance with the national security policy of the Australian Government,” the Department of Defence said in a statement.
“It will be an effective, secure and transparent system that will help safeguard our nation’s security, while also protecting the privacy and security of all Australians.”
The National Security Strategy (NSS) released last month states that the Australian Defence Force “must ensure its capabilities are appropriate to the threat environment”.
“It must be able to address, respond to and mitigate the threat posed by a wide range of cyber-enabled technologies,” it says.
“These include hostile cyber-based activities, intrusions on our critical infrastructure, threats to the security of our nation, and information theft.”
The Government has said that it will create a National Information Infrastructure Security Board (NISIB), which will review the existing systems and work with stakeholders to “ensure they remain up-to-date and capable”.
“We have a duty to protect our national security,” Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said.
“We can’t expect everyone to be in agreement with the National Security strategy but there is no doubt the Government is working very hard on a national security strategy.”
Mr Pyne told ABC Radio’s AM program that he was “deeply committed” to ensuring the National Intelligence Infrastructure was “well-positioned and ready to respond to emerging threats”.
“I think we have got the capacity to make a decision in this regard and we’ll be making that decision soon,” he said.