Drop Bear 2016 Nominee: ABS tells Australian government there will be no 2016 Census data breaches in future

A drop bear a predatory, carnivorous version of the koala .
A drop bear (sometimes dropbear) is an Australian predatory, carnivorous version of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Commonly spoken about in tall tales designed to scare tourists and information security specialists.

Grounds for Nomination

This is an easy nomination, just read what was said.

The hard part is who to award the nomination to. Is it Australian Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack for “believing” this and “brave” enough to publicly broadcast this. OR is it the ABS and their head Australian Statistician David Kalisch.

Seriously, you just can’t make this stuff up… I wonder if this statement has increased the motivation of hackers? Wave that red rag and paint a target on your back while you’re at it..

In their words

Despite being hit with at least 14 data breaches in recent years, Australian Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack has said he is assured of the security steps for Census data that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has put in place.

“Whilst there has been breaches … there’s never been a breach of the actual Census data,” McCormack told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

“Never been a breach, the ABS assures us that this won’t happen into the future with this Census, and governments of all persuasion take that information and assurances on board.

“The ABS has never had a privacy breach with Census data showing, and they have assured me as the minister responsible, they’ve assured the government, that they have every protocol in place, every process in place to ensure that there isn’t a breach this time.”

Source: ZDNet By Chris Duckett August 3, 2016

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