Government launches alert service to kick off E-security Week

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Government launches alert service to kick off E-security Week

The Federal Government kicked-off National E-security week today with the launch of a new security alert service for internet users and small businesses.

The National E-security Awareness Week is a Government initiative aimed at boosting awareness of e-security risks.

The alert service, announced today, is a free subscription-based service that provides vulnerability and threat information while advising users how to manage outbreaks.

“I am pleased to announce the new Stay Smart Online Alert Service with up-to-date advice on the latest e-security risks tailored for Australian internet users,” said Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

“Many people find internet security challenging and are looking for simple guidance on what they can do to stay smart online,” he said.

As part of the week’s announcements, Conroy said the new alert service, available on the Stay Smart Online website, will also include a new Small Business Self-assessment Tool.

“[This] will help small businesses analyse their online security practices and adopt appropriate measures to improve online security,” Conroy said.

According to Conroy, partners of National E-Security Awareness week will host public information sessions and events throughout the week providing information to customers, members and staff and internet security.

Partners include the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, eBay, McAfee, Microsoft Australia, Sophos, Symantec and Telstra.

Former Communications Minister, Senator Helen Coonan introduced National E-Security Awareness Week and its StaySmartOnline government Website in October 2006 to inform Australian online users about e-security basics.
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