3rd February 2016

In December 2015, NSW Department of Industry IT security systems detected a marked increase in virus/security activity attempting to impact systems at the Division of Resources and Energy (DRE) office in Maitland.

The attacks were identified by specialist software we have in place to detect breaches to our firewalls. Given the increased levels of activity we took further steps to ensure that our systems were protected.

We do not believe that the attacks penetrated our systems or any data was accessed at this time.

We treat all attempted security breaches with the highest priority and our IT staff took appropriate steps to ensure the integrity of our systems at the time.

Further enhancements of the systems have taken place since this incident.