Australian government will not help attacked businesses

A policy official has said that businesses must protect themselves from hackers unless there is a substantial risk to national security

The Australian government will not help businesses under attack from hackers unless the offence presents a high risk to national security, a senior policy official has said.

Mike Rothery, first assistant secretary for the National Security Resilience Policy Division in the Attorney-General's Department, said organisations must develop their own capability to defend attacks.

"To be honest, we struggle to defend our own systems from the current threats — the idea that we can extend the envelope to protect the mining industry's Scada (Supervisory control and data acquisition) or the banking industry just doesn't fly," Rothery said.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see No govt defence against cyber attacks on ZDNet Australia.

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