Australia kicking US's butt on Internet security

Australia and New Zealand are "well ahead" of the United States in the roll-out of several key internet security initiatives thanks to better cooperation between ISPs and the government.

Australia and New Zealand are "well ahead" of the United States in the roll-out of several key internet security initiatives thanks to better cooperation between internet service providers (ISPs) and the government, according to John Pescatore, a Gartner VP specialising in information security.

Secure domain name services (DNSSec), the deployment of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and the internet industry's so-called "zombie code" for disconnecting infected computers were singled out as examples.

"In Australia the ISPs and the Federal Government already cooperate a lot more, have an ISP Code of Conduct, they're talking about filtering more," Pescatore told ZDNet Australia at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. Australia and New Zealand's roll-out of DNSSec is "about a year ahead in kicking it off" compared with the US, where deployment is only just beginning.

For more on this story, read Oz kicks US's butt on net security: Gartner on ZDNet Australia.