ASIO has created a unit to combat cyber spying, in the latest move by government to protect Australia’s online networks.
The unit’s existence is expected to be announced by Attorney-General Robert McClelland in a speech tonight at Canberra’s National Security College.
”ASIO is … working to guard against foreign interference and espionage,” Mr McClelland will say, according to a copy of the speech provided to this website.
”This co-operation is crucial, especially to countering the threat posed by those using the internet as a modern espionage tool.”
Corporate espionage is a very real threat
Levels of corporate espionage have significantly increased across all industry sectors in recent years, with the financial crisis exacerbating the problem. Technological advances and an increasingly transient workforce have contributed to the steady rise in espionage levels during the past decade. More recently, the increased competition between companies, heightened workplace pressures, large-scale redundancies and cost-cutting measures caused by the financial crisis have contributed to a dramatic proliferation in the scale and frequency of acts of espionage.
ASIS International recently held their 2010 international conference and exhibition in Dallas, Texas USA. I was lucky enough to have attended this exhibition and was absolutely amazed at just how many vendors were displaying state-of-the-art closed circuit television (CCTV) systems. Every step you took, was under surveillance. It is for this reason that I am shocked and amused to think that someone would be foolish enough to steal anything from such an exhibition, not to mention one of the world’s largest security exhibitions! Well, believe it or not, it happened!
Apparently, on the second morning of the ASIS 2010 Conference, several exhibitors reported that various items had been stolen from their exhibition stands. That’s right – a security exhibition is robbed! One of the victims was smart enough to approach a nearby exhibitor, who had several overt surveillance cameras pointing in the direction of the theft.
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