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Intelligence and Security Group

Key Achievements for 2004-05

During 2004-05, the Defence Security Authority:

  • developed and provided security policy, procedures and practices that met the requirements of all Defence stakeholders including an updated Defence security manual which was released on 1 September 2005;
  • continued to reduce the backlog of personnel security vetting requests. The Defence Security Authority is responsible for managing over 120,000 clearances - mainly for Defence, but also including Defence industry and senior personnel from other agencies. Priority is given to operational and short-notice deployments;
  • delivered security training and awareness activities across Defence, to instill and promote a culture of security. The Defence Security Authority conducts security awareness training primarily for Defence civilians and ADF personnel in joint units and has developed new security awareness initiatives following the completion of a Defence-wide security awareness survey:
    • During 2004-05, the Defence Security Authority trained 911 Unit/Facility Security Officers and provided 223 security awareness presentations for a total of 9,566 personnel. In addition, technical counter-measures awareness sessions were given to some 826 personnel, and a redeveloped course for Information System Security Liaison Officers was piloted and established.
    • The results of the most recent Defence Attitude Survey were positive, but indicated the need for greater emphasis on security awareness training specifically for personnel in supervisory roles.
  • provided security threat intelligence assessments (with input from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) to support Defence domestic security;
  • improved Defence's counter-intelligence capability, including enhanced relationships with other Government agencies;
  • completed 114 investigations into serious and complex security incidents;
  • managed the Defence Industry Security Program to facilitate industry compliance with Defence security policy;
  • managed the exchange of classified information with other countries to support Defence objectives;
  • delivered information security support, including security advice on current technology and monitored the introduction of emergent technologies for security implications. The Defence Security Authority also provided security advice to facilitate the information and communications technology links to coalition and multinational networks; and
  • maintained an effective technical counter-measures capability, and commenced an upgrade program to modernise this capability.
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