Australian government computer systems were put to the
test today as the nation took part in a United States-led
cyber-terrorism planning exercise.
The US Department of Homeland Security's Cyberstorm exercise
tested procedures, communication channels and responses in the
event of an attack, as well as international communications protocols between countries.
GovCERT.au, the Attorney-General's security unit, coordinated
the tests in Australia. A number of other government departments
were also involved, as well as counter-terrorism and policing
experts, and AusCERT.
Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said such exercises were the
only way to effectively test systems against theoretical
"Terrorists are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to
attack and disrupt our way of life," said Ruddock.
"By conducting exercises such as these we increase Australia's
ability to detect, prevent and respond to cyber attacks."
The tests form part of a week-long exercise by the US
Department of Homeland Security that will culminate in attempts
to exploit vulnerabilities and cause havoc by disrupting
transport and communications systems.