Australia mulls mandatory firewalls

Australia mulls mandatory firewalls

Summary: A government report into cybercrime has recommended that internet service providers (ISPs) force customers to use antivirus and firewall software or risk being disconnected.

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A government report into cybercrime has recommended that internet service providers (ISPs) force customers to use antivirus and firewall software or risk being disconnected. security Committee chair Belinda Neal said in her introduction to the 262-page report titled "Hackers, Fraudsters and Botnets: Tackling the Problem of Cyber Crime" that due to the exponential growth of malware and other forms of cybercrime in recent years, "the expectation that end users should or can bear the sole responsibility for their own personal online security is no longer a tenable proposition".

A new mandatory "e-security code of practice" for ISPs is one of the key recommendations of the report, which suggested that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and Internet Industry Association (IIA) be tasked with establishing the code under the Telecommunications Act. This code of practice would make ISPs force their customers to install antivirus and firewall software.

For more on this story, read Make zombie code mandatory: govt report on ZDNet Australia.

Topics: Security, Browser, Government, Government US, Networking, Telcos

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  • Well, it would be a lot more effective to not allow Windows. The firewalls

    and antivirus are not the biggest problem.
    DonnieBoy
  • So many things to say about this Australian government

    Ignore the report, just another in a long line of reviews and committees promoting government control from the worse Australian government ever (yes taken the mantle from Whitlam).

    Google the committee's chair Belinda Neal (Iguana Joe's) for some indication. She has since been defeated in the preselection by the ruling Labor party.

    Mandatory firewall and antivirus is impractical. Their plan for content filtering disgraceful. The building of a AUD 46 billion fibre network without any cost benefit analysis is unforgivable.

    Billions borrowed then wasted, lives lost directly related to government initiatives. A remarkable record for any government. The Prime Minister is about to be sacked in a couple of hours. Good riddance, but the rest needs to go as well.

    Obama supporters should watch carefully. Similar personalties (all spin, little substance).
    Richard Flude
  • RE: Australia mulls mandatory firewalls

    Hear, hear, X 1,000,000.
    Never before in Australian history, have so few created an incredibly large mess.
    Big River
  • Trogs shout again

    Belinda Neal doesn't understand security cameras and knows less about computers. She was caught on security cameras bullying staff at a restaurant and has staff to do her email.
    Thug and stupid

    Mick
    mick20