CERT Australia has launched a survey of Australian business to get a better picture of how cyber incidents affect business and the Australian economy.


The Cybercrime and Security Survey will target almost 500 organisations that work with CERT Australia including from the banking and finance, communications, energy, food, resources, transport and water, and other sectors that contribute to the economic prosperity and social wellbeing of Australia.


“Every day we hear reports of Australian businesses falling victim to cyber attacks, but it is important to assess the extent and full impact of these incidents on individual businesses and the broader economy,” Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said.


“Cyber security is an important issue so I will be writing to CERT Australia’s stakeholders to request their contribution to the survey.


 “The survey will help Government and CERT Australia planning and in turn ensure all Australians can continue to safely and securely enjoy the benefits of the digital economy.”


CERT Australia, our national Computer Emergency Response Team, works with Australian business and the international community on cyber security incidents impacting Australian systems.


Australian businesses are the victims of targeted and non-targeted cyber security threats such as ‘distributed denial of service attacks’ and socially-engineered emails.


The survey results are expected in the next few months and will be published by the Centre for Internet Safety within the University of Canberra, who are working in partnership with CERT Australia.


More information is here.