The Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, has formally dumped AusCERT as a supplier of national computer emergency response team (CERT) and replaced it with an in-house agency.
AusCERT is an independent not-for-profit body based at the University of Queensland. It gains revenue from members that pay subscriptions and the provision of training. It will be replace by CERT Australia.
In a speech to launch the national cyber security information exchange in Sydney, the Attorney-General said Government agencies would no longer be using AusCERT’s services.
“CERT Australia will now be the sole supplier of national CERT services to the Australian community and the point of contact for the international CERT community,” he said. “[It] will be fully established within the Attorney-General’s Department rather than through the partly contracted model that was previously envisaged.”
McClelland said the move would ensure the services were fully integrated with intelligence agencies.
CERT Australia began operations in late January 2010 and has $6.2 million in taxpayer funding over four years.
“[This] represents the fulcrum of the business-government partnership on cyber security by providing business, for the first time, with a single point of contact within Government for cyber security information,” he said.
“The Government looks forward to an ongoing and productive relationship with AusCERT into the future.”