Publication Details

Abbas, R. (2007). The benefits & concerns of public data availability in Australia: a survey of security experts. In K. Michael & M. G. Michael (Eds.), The Second Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security (pp. 117-127). Wollongong: Univeristy of Wollongong.


This paper gauges the attitudes of security experts in Australia with regards to public data availability on critical infrastructure protection (CIP). A qualitative survey was distributed to a individuals considered experts in CIP-related research in Australia, in order to address the censorship versus open access debate concerning public data. The intention of the study was to gain an insight into the perceived benefits and threats of public data availability by security experts, and to provide the basis for a security solution to be utilised by the Australian Government sector (at all levels). The findings however can also be applied to other data supplying agencies. This includes the identification and assessment of the technical and non-technical security mechanisms that can be enforced to protect sensitive public data elements that reveal information about Australia’s critical infrastructure.