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Electoral Commission spins up cyber ops centre

April 18, 2019 / Justin Hendry

Looks to ex-cyber spooks to protect electoral systems. With the date of next month’s federal ballot now set, the agency in charge of Australia’s electoral systems has switched on its new security operations centre to protect against external interference. The short-term SOC capability was established late last month in preparation for Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling the election last week. It will be used it to detect any compromises - or compromise attempts - made against the Australian Electoral Commission's systems in the lead up to, during and following the May 18 election. The resilience of Australia's core electoral systems - the age of which remains an ongoing concern for the agency - is particularly acute in this year's election following Russia’s alleged cyber interference in the 2016 US election.