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The iCode is a voluntary code of practice for Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to improve cybersecurity for all consumers. The icode was developed by the Australian Internet Industry Association as a service to the internet industry and internet users in Australia. It was officially launched by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Federal Attorney-General in June 2010. The code provides a consistent approach for Australian ISPs to help inform, educate and protect their customers in relation to cybersecurity.
By following the code, ISPs will contribute to reducing the number of compromised computers in Australia and enhance the overall security of the Australian and international internet. The code will deliver a standard set of best practices for ISPs to follow to preserve the integrity of their networks.
The icode contains four main elements:
- A notification/management system for compromised computers
- A standardized information resource for end users
- A comprehensive resource for ISPs to access the latest threat information
- A reporting mechanism in cases of extreme threat back to CERT Australia to facilitate a national high-level view of attack status.