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Friday, 21 November 2014 15:51

ACMA boosts the fight against malware with new portal Featured

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is launching a new initiative to further enhance its efforts, with industry and business, to identify and warn of malware infecting devices on the Internet.

ACMA will launch its Australian Internet Security Initiative (AISI) online portal on Friday 28 November in a free live webcast to industry and the public.

The AISI has been collecting and collating information that indicates malware activity since 2005, and ACMA’s Internet Security Programs Manager, Julia Cornwell McKean, says the portal is the next generation of the AISI, which partners with industry to identify infected devices on the internet.

Cornwell McKean said ACMA uses the information collected through the portal to provide details to the AISI’s voluntary participants – internet service providers and educational institutions – of apparent infections in their networks.

“In turn, internet service providers can help their customers identify and treat these infections,” Cornwell McKean said.

The live webcast of the AISI portal next week will be led by Cornwell McKean, who will talk about the ACMA’s suite of internet security programs, including the AISI.

Cornwell McKean will also explain how the new portal can be used by internet service providers to help consumers identify compromised devices and rid them of malware.

The launch will include the premiere of a new video that highlights the malware threat faced by Internet users.

To tune in live to the launch event at 9.30am, Friday 28 November, or to sign up to receive reminders, before the event begins, click here.       

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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