Who should take action?
The aim of .auCheck is to improve the resilience of the Internet in Australia through proper adoption of internet standards and associated international good practices. The issue is not the availability of up-to-date standards, but rather the adoption and implementation across the .au domain. This requires many different stakeholders to be incentivised to play their role.
Internet service providers
First and foremost, there is a role for internet service providers. We expect them to be at the forefront of new developments and to keep the safety and security of their customers front of their minds.
There is also a role for the government. Federal, state, territory and local governments ideally lead by example, and at minimum follow the advice from the Australian Cyber Security Centre. The ACSC itself equally promotes cybersecurity practices in their engagements with industry, network operators and small and medium business representatives.
Users and customers
Last but not least, we as users can strengthen our collective ‘demand’ for up-to-date internet services. That’s where the .auCheck test tool hopes to contribute and empower users of internet service to self-assess the safety and security of internet services and enter into an informed discussion with their internet service providers.
The team behind .auCheck is equally reaching out to people and organisations active in the Australian internet and advocate for the uptake of secure internet standards in Australia.
Together, we make the .au domain a more safe and secure place to connect.
- Encryption & authenticity of web server
- Encryption & authenticity of email
- Protection against email phishing
- Security of website applications
- Security of domain name (DNSSEC)
- Adoption of Internet Protocol v6