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Microsoft Edge goes all in on password-less WebAuthn

Microsoft is doing its bit for the industry-wide push for the Web Authentication specification that could help kill passwords on the web.  Microsoft Edge, though not as popular as Chrome or Firefox, has made progress on its side of the push for a web without passwords.     “With Web Authentication, Microsoft Edge users can […]

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Australia suffering 81 notifiable data breaches per month: OAIC

More than a third of reported Australian data breaches are due to human error, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has revealed as it released its first full-quarter statistical report about the functioning of the new Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme. There were 242 notifications of eligible data breaches during the last quarter […]

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The week in security: Too few security defences, too many security offences

Growing concern over the government’s My Health Record (MHR) scheme has thrust the scheme into the public eye – and not for the reasons the government would have probably liked. The Electrical Trades Union (ETU), for example, joined the opposition with a call for urgent ministerial intervention into the scheme due to concerns about security […]

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Poor patching, lack of guidance leaving Australian healthcare data exposed

Half of healthcare CISOs admit having suffered a security breach in the last 24 months, according to new research that not only highlights the poor state of information security in healthcare organisations, but warns attackers are have gained the upper hand using machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) tools. Just a third of organisations […]

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Tech giants helping government circumvent secure-messaging encryption: minister

Australians can trust the government’s beleaguered My Health Record (MHR) service to secure their private data because it uses encryption, Australia’s minister for cyber security has argued while simultaneously admitting that technology service providers are providing “a high level of cooperation” to help the government circumvent their own privacy protections. The government was not seeking […]

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‘Petty cybercriminals” adopt advanced supply chain attacks

It appears that the recent spate of state-backed supply attacks chain attacks, such as the costly NotPetya attack via Ukraine accounting firm, have inspired low-level cybercriminals to use the same tactics to spread malware at scale. Microsoft’s Windows Defender Research team have outlined an “unusual” attack that exploited shared systems between an unnamed PDF editor […]

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“Naïve” Australian companies know supply chains create security problems, but aren’t fixing them

Issues with the security of supply-chain partners will be one of the biggest security threats CISOs face in coming years, a security expert has warned as new figures revive concerns that “naïve” Australian companies are failing to factor cybersecurity into their purchasing and vetting procedures. Just a third of respondents to CrowdStrike’s Securing the Supply […]

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A third of companies have no in-house security capabilities: Gartner

Fully a third of organisations have no cybersecurity expertise inhouse, according to a new survey that highlights the ongoing difficulties caused by Australia’s cybersecurity skills crisis. Although 95 percent of CIOs expect the level of cybersecurity threats to increase over the next three years, just 65 percent of those organisations currently have a cybersecurity expert, […]

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US warns more banking attacks will target vulnerable Oracle and SAP systems

The US Government’s US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has flagged a report that warns of an uptick in exploitation of bugs in the “crown jewels” of organizations more commonly known as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.  The short alert warns of “malicious cyber activity targeting ERP applications” and encourages admins to review a joint report from […]

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Chrome now says all HTTP sites are “not secure” but is it a good thing?

Google is ready to roll out Chrome 68 to the world and in doing so will drastically change how it communicates what sites are safe to visit and those that it says are not.  Chrome, the most popular browser in the world has more than a billion Windows, Mac and Linux users and as of […]