Australian ISP Code of Practice on Cyber Security (icode) Now in Effect

Canberra, ACT ( December 2, 2010

Australian ISP Code of Practice on Cyber Security (icode) Now in Effect

Australian ISP Code of Practice on Cyber Security (icode) Now in Effect

Attorney-General Robert McClelland and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy have announced that a voluntary code for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to assist in protecting Australians from online threats comes into effect from today.

The ISP Code of Practice on cyber security will provide a set of guidelines for ISPs to follow and contains four main elements:

  • a notification/management system for compromised computers;
  • a comprehensive resource for ISPs to access the latest threat information;
  • a standardised information resource for end users; and
  • a reporting mechanism to alert Australia’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT Australia) to cases of extreme threat.

The Code, known as the ‘icode’, has been developed by the Internet Industry Association in partnership with the Australian Government and fulfils a major priority of the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy.

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, said ISPs have an important role to play in the cyber security of their customers.

“The Government’s Cyber Security Strategy recognises that ISPs occupy a unique position as Australian’s gateway to the Internet and are crucial in protecting the cyber security of internet users,” Mr McClelland said.

Senator Conroy thanked the ISPs that are adhering to the Code and commended the Internet Industry Association on the initiative.

“The Code of Practice provides a consistent approach to help ISPs inform, educate and protect their customers in relation to cyber security issues,” Senator Conroy said.

“It is a positive step that has attracted significant international interest, and I encourage all Australian ISPs to sign on and comply with it.”

The ISP Code builds on the Australian Internet Security Initiative which provides participating ISPs with information about compromised computers on their networks.  There are currently over 90 ISPs that participate in this initiative, representing over 90 per cent of the home user market.

The Code is available online at

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