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SecurIT 2019: In an increasingly-encrypted world, visibility is more important than ever

Just as many CSOs are focused on automating their organisational threat response, many others are focused on improving their visibility of network traffic – which, with encryption increasingly used to protect legitimate application traffic and obfuscate malware command-and-control (C&C) traffic, has become ever more difficult to do. Visibility was the topic of an engaging panel […]

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SecurIT 2019: Being a CSO is like Game of Thrones

With the threat climate continuing unabated, the impact of increasing volumes of attacks – and increasing pressure to stop them – has taken its own toll on CSOs who, iOOF Holdings head of cybersecurity and technology risk Ashutosh Kapsé noted, suffer from high burnout rates, job-related physical and mental health issues, loss of a sense […]

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SecurIT 2019: Hackers may be in it for Lulz, but CSOs are in it for their lives

Big businesses may spend more on security but their complexity makes them easier to hack, a former teenage hacker told an audience of big-business CSOs in opening up a day of insights at CSO Australia’s SecurIT conference this month. More than 120 security executives attended the inaugural Melbourne event, which brought together a range of […]

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Despite high-profile hacks, companies still aren’t behaving securely: ex-LulzSec hacker

A CEO’s poor password hygiene enabled an escalating series of attacks that capped off a 50-day hacking spree that sent several members of hacking group LulzSec to jail and caused significant financial and reputational damage for companies like Fox News, US broadcasters Fox News and PBS, and Sony’s PlayStation Network. Those and other companies, the […]

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Researchers probe shady, dangerous stalkerware app industry

The stakerware industry — which often markets spyware apps for as tools for parents to monitor kids via smartphones — has been treated to a thorough investigation by researchers at Citizen Lab of the University of Toronto.  The researchers from IT, security, legal and human rights disciplines, are calling for changes to be made by […]

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Rowhammer variant RAMBleed allows attackers to steal secrets from RAM

Researchers have devised a new attack that allows unprivileged code running on computers to steal secrets, such as cryptographic keys, that are stored in what should be protected memory regions. The attack is possible because of a known design issue with modern DRAM chips that has been exploited in the past to modify protected data. […]

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The Major Tool Missing From Australia’s Efforts to Stem Rising Data Breaches

Credit: ID 140154390 © | Dreamstime.com In May, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) revealed that it received 215 data breach notifications during the first quarter of 2019, which was down 18 percent from the previous quarter. At first glance, this might come as a relief due to the long-held fears around cyber […]

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Google says Chrome extension changes aren’t killing ad blockers, just improving security

Credit: ID 134067214 © Firuz Buksayev | Dreamstime.com Google has spoken out about its changes to Chromium extension behavior in response to growing concern that it could hobble ad-blocking services that harm Google’s ad business.  The concerns centre on a Chromium application programming interface (API) known as webRequest that is being deprecated and replaced by […]

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Healthcare CISOs know they’re struggling – and it’s not only the users’ fault

Credit: ID 100857391 © Maxkabakov | Dreamstime.com CISOs in healthcare organisations are working hard to tighten security controls but pervasive issues with user errors, limited staff and financial resources, and a relentless flood of aggressive attacks by data-hungry cyberattackers, are hindering their progress – and even security executives admit they’re not doing anywhere near as […]

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ANZ companies don’t even know what data they’re storing in the cloud

Credit: ID 131983322 © Tzogia Kappatou | Dreamstime.com More than 80 percent of companies are suffering security and compliance risks due to poorly defined and inadequate data-management policies, according to new research that blames poor management of ‘dark data’ for a host of enterprise inefficiencies. Fully 83 percent of the more than 1500 IT decision-makers […]