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The week in security: “Shocking” exposure of Australian businesses reflects escalating global cyber war

Australian companies are being compromised at a “shocking” rate, a security specialist has warned as figures suggest identity theft is frighteningly common and that infiltration by malicious outsiders is a significant attack vector. The findings of one Australian hacker showed just how big the problem is, with more than 200,000 hosts found to be exposed […]

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Degrees alone aren’t enough to keep cybersecurity defences effective for the long term

University qualifications in cybersecurity are important but are only a start to keeping up with the changing cybersecurity threat, according to a corporate cybersecurity executive and educator who is currently leading nearly 3500 attendees through an online cybersecurity skills course focused on phishing countermeasures. That course, offered through Charles Sturt University’s IT Masters program, has […]

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AI/ML seen as important as staff as businesses evaluate their still-lagging security response

Australian businesses recognise that they are under fire as rising attack rates strain their inadequate incident response plans – but 62 percent believe the main reason is a lack of investment in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). That finding – contained within the recent Ponemon Institute-IBM Third Annual Study on the Cyber Resilient […]

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As automated scan unearths pen-testing gold, careless businesses must polish their DevSecOps

Concerns over the security of companies’ development cultures were validated for an Australian cybersecurity specialist after a recent global scan of GitHub projects identified more than 200,000 servers where developers had left hardcoded passwords and other sensitive information in publicly available source code. Cameron Stokes, a technical specialist with cybersecurity firm HivInt, decided to run […]

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Uber overhauls bug bounty rules after breach-ransom fiasco

Uber has amended the rules of its bug bounty program following the controversy over it paying hackers behind a massive 2016 data breach to destroy data acquired.  The breach, which Uber disclosed almost a year after it occurred, affected 50 million users and 7 million drivers around the world.  Soon after the ride-hailing firm admitted […]

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5 signs you’ve been hit with an advanced persistent threat (APT)

Advanced persistent threat (APT) hackers and malware are more prevalent and sophisticated than ever. APTs are professional hackers, working either for their government or relevant industries, whose full-time job is to hack specific companies and targets. They perform actions relevant to their sponsor’s interests, which can include accessing confidential information, planting destructive code, or placing […]

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Gmail for business gets a new look and expiring email

Google is rolling out a major update to Gmail for business with a new design, AI-powered features and confidential mode, a feature that lets users set an expiry date on sent messages. With confidential mode enabled G Suite users will now be able set an expiration date on messages containing sensitive information and revoke already […]

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New app alerts you when strangers open your unattended Mac

Mac owners worried about anyone, from rogue hotel staff to prying partners, taking data from an unattended computers can now install an app that makes it harder to pull off a so-called “evil maid” attack.  The app, dubbed Do Not Disturb, monitors for certain macOS system events that could suggest a high likelihood that someone […]

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Australia joins NATO cyber defence group, opens “pop-up” embassy in Estonia

Australia has joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE). Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced Australia’s CCDCOE membership alongside a new “pop-up” in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn on Monday. The embassy will be open for one year to facilitate Australia’s participation in CCDCOE, which is also based […]

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“Shocking” data-breach volumes only hint at the true magnitude of Australia’s data insecurity

Revelations about the rate at which Australian companies are being compromised were “shocking”, a security specialist has warned in the wake of new breach analysis figures suggesting that most global incidents involve identity theft and are perpetrated by malicious outsiders. A total of 2.6 billion data records were stolen, lost, or exposed around the world […]