AUSTRALIA is the world’s safest place to be an online job seeker, according to a new report by a leading academic.
It comes as more than 400 people are charged with offences including murder and attempted murder linked to the massive cyber-attack on the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The report, released on Monday, has also found Australia has the third-lowest rate of people committing serious crime in the OECD.
It found that only five countries had more people in prison for offences related to the breach of data security than Australia, including New Zealand, which had a total of 11 people in jail for cybercrime offences.
Australia is second-worst in the EU in terms of the number of people in custody for serious crimes.
But it was Australia’s ranking in the top 10 safest countries for online job seekers that made the biggest impact on the analysis, Professor David Lipsman, who co-wrote the report with fellow academic Dr Nick Jones from the University of New South Wales, said.
“Australia ranks just behind the UK and Sweden in terms that we know about and the UK does not appear to be particularly interested in getting out of the top spot,” Professor Lipsmans told ABC Radio National.
Mr Lipsmann said the findings suggested the national data security system was vulnerable to cyberattacks.
He said there was a lot of concern that the system was not as robust as it should be and that could potentially have negative impacts on Australia’s economy and people’s lives.
Australia’s government has been criticised for not doing enough to tackle the problem.
Professor Lips, who has worked with the Australian Cybercrime Taskforce, said it was important to look at all of the factors that affect the number and severity of cyberattacks that can lead to a criminal conviction.
“If there are issues that we’re not aware of, then we can’t really be confident that those things are going to be taken into account in any analysis of the effectiveness of the systems we have,” he said.
“But it does seem like there are things that can be done to improve the system, to improve our systems. ABS/AAP