Licensing likely for Australian IT security vendors

Licensing likely for Australian IT security vendors

The Australian government is investigating the introduction of licensing for IT security vendors in a bid to lift Australian standards to world's best practice.

A research paper is being prepared by the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) to introduce accreditation with the support of a newly-formed industry body called the Institute of Online Security (IOS).

The body is endorsed by the Australasian Centre for Policing Research and the Business Council of Australia with the aim of regulating IT security and improving online standards.

IOS chief executive officer Glenn Floyd wants to develop licensing and will be using the OECD guidelines for information security systems as a framework.

But plans are still being formulated, and both NOIE and Floyd were unwilling to provide details at this stage.

However, Floyd did say there is a critical need to establish professional accreditation because current IT security standards in Australia are certainly below par and the initial focus is on "establishing corporate governance at board level."

"Security is not about technology, it's a business risk that needs to be discussed in the board room," he said.

The inaugural meeting of the IOS was held two months ago in Melbourne and the next meeting is planned for later this month in Sydney.

It will be hosted by Qantas and the IOS is coordinating training for members with the Computer Security Institute (CSI) in the US and Melbourne University Private.

IOS can also recommend specialists to set high-level and operational security strategies for member organisations.

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