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The Stay Smart Online Alert Service helps communicate current online threats to consumers and how they can be avoided.

2 March 2016

How alerts are created and threat priority levels determined

Threats are filtered through a matrix managed by ENEX Test Lab, which assesses the relevance to Australian Internet users and grades threats with a priority level.

To determine a priority level, the contents of the Alert are given a cumulative score out of 20 using a criteria that takes into account the potential for damage, the time frame of the threat, the potential for exploitability and user control/ technicality.

The cumulative score out of 20 is then used to apply one of the following priority levels;

  • Urgent – This grading is rarely used as it means a threat requires immediate user attention,
  • High – Users should act on advice to ensure their safety, security or privacy is maintained,
  • Moderate – Users would benefit from further information or preparing action, or
  • Low – This grading is rarely used as these threats are rarely worth publishing.  

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