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The Internet Industry Association (IIA) icode Taskforce has completed a review of its icode customer protection scheme and is now seeking public comment.

“The Government’s annual Cyber Security Awareness Week came to a close last Friday,” said Peter Lee, Chief Executive of the IIA.” There there was a significant focus on the steps all Australians can take to better understand how to stay safe and secure on the internet and protect their personal and financial information online.

“Our icode review could not come at a better time, The icode is a voluntary industry code that is used by service providers to help fight cybercrime by defining integrated steps of early identification, notification and direction of end users to remediation tools for devices thought to be infected by malicious software (malware). The icode has been recognised internationally and is still being examined for adoption by other jurisdictions.”

The IIA launched the icode on 6 June 2010, in conjunction with the Minister for Communications Senator Stephen Conroy and the then Attorney-General. Nicola Roxon. It commenced operation in December 2010.

”The continued threat of compromised devices – devices which have been essentially hijacked and infected by malware – presents a real risk to users and impacts our economy. Identity theft, fraud, and increases in spam are all possible consequences of compromised devices as more people adopt Internet technologies,” said Lee.

The code is designed to respond to this challenge by providing a consistent approach for Australian ISPs to help inform, educate and protect customers in relation to cybersecurity.

"We are proposing substantial improvements to the icode" said Patrick Fair, IIA Chairman and Chair of the IIA icode taskforce." Amendments include extending reach from computers to all connected devices, introducing more guidance regarding consumer interaction in relation to compromised devices and support for DMARC, the leading anti-phishing email security standard".

Following the public consultation period the taskforce will undertake a final review of the code, taking into consideration any public feedback, prior to finalising the code for presentation and approval of the IIA Board.

See: http://iia.net.au/task-forces/icode-review-taskforce.html

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Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire and editor of sister publication CommsWire. He is also founder and Research Director of Connection Research, a market research and analysis firm specialising in the convergence of sustainable, digital and environmental technologies. He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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