Security bulletins service

Threat and Vulnerability Monitoring, Evaluation and Advice

AusCERT operates an Operations Centre which monitors global computer network threats and vulnerabilities from numerous sources throughout the year, including after hours when Operations Centre staff remain on-call to respond to new information in a time critical manner.

One of the key roles of the Operations Centre is to identify, evaluate and provide advice about serious computer network threats and vulnerabilities which, if members do not address in a time critical manner, could harm the confidentiality, integrity or availability of members' network data and/or services.

In addition to evaluating information about emerging network threats and vulnerabilities, AusCERT analyses software vulnerabilities within operating systems, applications and network software. This information is used to support vendors in developing solutions to technical problems and, through our Security Bulletins, assist members defend themselves from attack.

Combined with other factors such as a governance program, appropriate skills and staffing, AusCERT membership contributes to Requirement 6 of the PCI standard “Develop and maintain secure systems and applications”.

Security Bulletins Service

AusCERT members receive new security bulletins via email or RSS in a time critical manner. Urgent and critical threat and vulnerability advice is sent via our Early Warning Service (SMS alerts).

  • AusCERT Security Bulletins - security bulletins compiled from referenced sources by AusCERT
  • External Security Bulletins - security bulletins re-distributed with permission from other computer security incident response teams, vendors and other groups concerned about security

International information network

AusCERT is a full member of the international Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), and Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT), which gives AusCERT access to accurate, timely and reliable information about emerging computer network threats and vulnerabilities on a global basis. Additionally, AusCERT maintains a large network of CERT contacts in America, the United Kingdom, Europe and throughout Asia. These contacts contribute to providing early warning of global and regional threats as well as assisting in the resolution of computer security incidents.