A scorecard for security researchers was released on Wednesday, showing the nation’s overall score had slipped in the past three years.
Key points:The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) said Australia’s score fell by 0.1 per cent in the last yearThe ABC has compiled the scorecardAustralia’s overall security score has slipped by 0,2 per cent since the year beforeIt comes after ASIO released its report on cybercrime and online crime last year, which showed Australia’s overall scoring had dropped by 0% from 2013 to 2014.
The ABC’s Security Scorecard, released by ASIO, shows Australia’s average score fell from 0.5 to 0.2 points in the same period.
That means Australia’s “robust” score fell for the second consecutive year, the report said.
But the ABC found the agency had also added up the scorecards for each of the previous three years to show the overall score would have improved by 0 to 1 points.
Australia’s security experts said the report was misleading.
“It’s a bit of a miscalculation to think that Australia is not doing well in the cyber security arena,” Professor Tom Williams, head of cybersecurity at Monash University, told the ABC.
“Our scorecard is a good indicator of where we are and where we need to be in the world in terms of cybersecurity.
It’s an indicator of our security.”
And in terms on national security, it is a sign that Australia has taken a good and bold stance on cyber security.”‘
Dangerous’ trend to increaseThe report’s authors did not say how the decline in the Australian score was related to the report’s headline finding, which was that “a growing number of Australians are increasingly vulnerable to online attacks”.
The report also said Australia had a “dangerous” trend towards increasing the number of internet-based attacks, which is a trend that was previously seen in the United States.”
The number of online attacks on Australian organisations is rising significantly in recent years,” it said.”
In 2013-14, attacks accounted for over 20 per cent of total Australian IP addresses, this has increased to over 50 per cent now.
“Most of these attacks were connected to IP addresses located in the UK and Europe.”
The report was produced by a team of researchers at Monadnock University, Monash, Melbourne and the University of Queensland, and was released under the Freedom of Information Act.
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