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February 4, 2010
ADF joins cyber
By SGT Andrew Hetherington
AUSTRALIA joined the world-wide
cyber warfare fight with the offi-
cial opening of the Cyber Security
Operations Centre (CSOC) on
Defence investigated about 200
electronic security incidents on its
own networks each month in 2009.
The CSOC was set up in July 2009
at cost of $3 million and is a unit
of the Defence Signals Directorate
Defence Minister John Faulkner
said old assumptions about geograph-
ic boundaries and time zones were
"Cyberspace is always open for
business," Mr Faulkner said.
"But this also brings great chal-
lenges to those who guard our elec-
Lynn Moore, Head of CSOC, said
the unit drew on DSD's expertise and
high-powered computing resources to
understand cyber threats.
"CSOC operations and response
teams react to significant threats on
Government networks and informa-
tion," Ms Moore said.
"We also assist agency informa-
tion communication technology staff
in developing mitigation strategies."
CSOC will also provide advice
and threat assessment to Government
through its relationship with the
Computer Emergency Response Team
AT THE FOREFRONT: Defence
Minister John Faulkner speaks at
the official opening of the Cyber
Security Operations Centre in
Photo: Bryan Doherty
Head of the Cyber Security
Operations Centre Lynn Moore
said the most common incidents
against Defence networks involved
spoofing and phishing.
"Spoofing is a way of attacking a
computer program, in which the pro-
gram is modified," she said.
"Phishing is the criminally fraudu-
lent process of attempting to acquire
sensitive information, such as user-
names, through the use of socially
"The threat actor creates an email
that appears to be genuine to con-
vince the victim to open it and down-
load malicious software."
In some cases the email was
tailored to the victim or appeared to
come from an email address familiar
to one the victim may be familiar with.
"The CSOC provided advice and
mitigation strategies to many agencies
regarding these types of activities,"
Ms Moore said.
So what are the
The calculator does not have the
flexibility to take out unwanted meals
so it must be followed. However, there
is no requirement to draw the cash.
So it's a simple matter of doing
the calculation to satisfy the budget
requirement, but only draw the cash
-- WO-N Mark Tandy
Ever wanted to ask Warrant Officer of the Navy Mark Tandy a ques-
tion? This year, you are invited to send questions to WO-N Tandy
via Navy News. We will forward your questions to WO-N and then
publish your questions and his answers in the newspaper. Send your
questions, along with your name, rank and ship/establishment to
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I recently submitted a budget calcu-
lator and, although I was travelling over
a meal, I did not request the payment
because I was provided adequately by the
airline. It would also save my section the
cost of a meal I did not require.
BM would not process the calculator
until I put in the meal. As a cost conscious
WO, can't it be my decision to accept or
not the meal allowance?
-- WO Mick O'Rielley, HMAS
Encouraging scientific cooperation
DEFENCE Personnel, Materiel
and Science Minister Greg Combet
is encouraging closer cooperation
between Defence scientists and
industry members in the maritime
The Minister said Defence sci-
ence and innovation were critical
elements in Australia's maritime
"Defence scientists have a proud
and long history providing this
through technological innovations
in the fields of maritime capability,"
Mr Combet said.
"The Defence Science and
Technology Organisation (DSTO)
has developed one of the best-known
capabilities, the active missile decoy
Nulka, which revolutionised ship
"DSTO has also played a critical
role in developing maritime technol-
ogies, some of which have become
very successful defence exports and
are utilised by navies around the
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