The Australian Computer Emergency Response Team is looking to team up with Kiwi organisations to help form a worldwide network of security agencies to help protect national and global information infrastructures.
The 10-person AusCERT centre, which is an operational arm of the University of Queensland, last month signed a partnership agreement with the US-based CERT coordination centre “to accelerate the development of methods, tools and techniques to protect the interconnected networks that comprise the national and global information infrastructures”, the organisations said in a joint statement (see Australian net security agency teams up with CERT).
The agreement expands a longstanding informal working relationship between the two groups, which has included joint security advisories and cooperation on special projects such as Y2K. It will now extend to sharing information.
AusCERT, which offers a point of contact for security incidents, 24-hour technical help and training, has clients in New Zealand, but no specific arrangements on data sharing and the like with them. But co-ordination centre manager Mark McPherson says the Brisbane-based agency is keen to talk to our government, telcos, the education and industry sectors and security agencies about including New Zealand in such an agreement.