Chief Minister Stanhope is celebrating that his Government’s servers have not been hacked, as far as he knows.
ACT Government websites faced more than 646,000 cyber attacks in 2009-10 but repelled each one of them, Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Jon Stanhope, said today.
“The fact that not one of the 646,700 cyber attacks on ACT Government-hosted websites was successful demonstrates the robust security procedures and tactics in place,” Mr Stanhope said.
Reports on website attacks are assessed in line with the industry standard Common Vulnerability Scoring System which rates the severity of attacks as high, medium or low. In 2009-10 approximately 78,000 cyber attacks rated as high, 565,000 rated as medium and 3,700 rated as low.
“The ACT Government, through its information communication technology (ICT) service provider, InTACT, has implemented a layered defence against cyber attacks on 98 ACT Government-hosted websites,” Mr Stanhope said.
“InTACT continually improves its ICT infrastructure gateway by deploying well managed firewalls, intruder prevention systems and geographically dispersed websites. The vulnerability levels of the public-facing websites are continually being reviewed by both automated and manual testing.
“Prior to allowing a new website to go live, InTACT’s ICT security team tests the vulnerability of the site to cyber attacks using automated and manual tactics. The security team also conducts periodic audits across websites using an internal ethical hacker.”
The problem being that it’s the hacks you don’t detect which you have to worry about.