Australia’s electoral systems will be actively monitored around the clock by a new security operations centre during the upcoming federal election. The Australian Electoral Commission has put out the call for vendors capable of providing “short-term, event based security monitoring” of its internal systems in a bid to protect against unauthorised interference. The centre would be used to detect “common or generic system or network compromises or compromise attempts against the AEC’ systems” in the lead up to, during and following the election. It will also spot “defined specific compromise attempts against electoral systems”, according to a brief posted on the digital marketplace late last month.
The AEC plans to establish the security operations centre (SOC) by the end of March for the federal election, which is expected to take place in May.
The monitoring capability will initially provide “a live alerting system for significant events, plus at least daily review of log files” for up to 10 weeks between the time the election is announced and the results are declared.