All of Australia's law enforcement agencies – the Australian High
Tech Crime Centre, the Australian Federal Police, Queensland Police,
NSW Police, Victoria Police, Tasmania Police, South Australia Police,
Northern Territory Police and Western Australia Police – and AusCERT
produced the 2006 Australian Computer Crime and Security Survey.
The survey provides the most up to date and authoritative analysis of
computer network attack and computer misuse trends in Australia over
the last 12 months. The survey aims to raise awareness of the complex
nature of computer security issues, identify areas of concern and,
where appropriate, to motivate organisations to take a more active role
in protecting their systems.
- Total average annual losses for electronic attack, computer crime, and computer access misuse or abuse increased by 63% to $241,150 per organisation compared to 2005.
- About 1 in 5 reported trojan or rootkit infections, which is considered to be high given that such malware cannot self-propagate. The volume, therefore, is assessed to be a reflection of attacker activity.
- Of those that suffered trojan or rootkit infections, most were from public sector organisations (60%) compared to the private sector (40%).
- Across most categories, there was a reduction in the reported use of security technologies, security policies and procedures, IT security standards and IT qualifications and training compared to 2004 and 2005.