The Australian Minister for Cyber Security, Hon Clare O’Neil, has been explicit in her public goals for Australia to be the safest cyber nation. In 2023, industry and government will need to focus on innovative ways to address the shortfall in highly skilled cyber professionals. This may involve a genuine national discussion about the focused skilled migration programs for cyber practitioners, greater emphasis on formalised personnel transfers within Five Eyes, QUAD and AUKUS nation states and funding initiatives such as an extension to the current ADF Cyber Gap Program which is set to end in 2023. Additionally, we may see fee relief for cyber related tertiary training, like what we’ve seen with nursing and other disciplines.
Security vulnerabilities are inevitable, and attackers and defenders are in a never-ending race to discover them first. As soon as we find a new attack technique, a bad actor is looking for the next one. Attackers are getting to your firm’s valuable assets faster thanks to new tools, automation, and more opportunities to move through your cloud environment unnoticed.
Sekuro, cyber security and digital resiliency solutions provider, recorded 33% organic revenue growth YoY and an almost 100% growth in staff numbers to mark its first anniversary. Sekuro has also welcomed new vendors such as Zscaler, Abnormal Security, Noname Security, and CyCognito.
The recent spate of cyber incidents is - rightly - generating angst amongst Australians. These companies collect and store some of our most private...
Sadly we don't think we have seen the last of the cybersecurity breaches. The most significant breach in 2022 was Medibank with millions of customer records, including highly sensitive PII stolen. The cost of remediation is expected to exceed $25 million with the impact on affected customers likely to last many more months, or even years.
VAST Data, the data platform company for the AI-powered world, announced its high-capacity, all-flash platform was selected by Plan B to ensure its data centres remain operational regardless of a cyber attack, data loss or security and networking issues. Plan B, a New Zealand-based firm specialising in ICT and business continuity, manages data centres for medium to large businesses and enterprises. It provides high-performance, and cost-effective hybrid cloud and cloud object storage to other cloud service providers (CSPs) and integrators, including some of the largest Microsoft cloud partners in New Zealand.
IT professionals have never faced a taller challenge. Gone are the days where IT support consisted of only dealing with the co-worker who spilt coffee on their laptop or hasn’t tried turning it on and off again. Instead, IT teams now need to protect dispersed organisations from a range of cyber threats, and for organisations who haven’t invested correctly in cybersecurity, the consequences will be much worse than a coffee-stained keyboard.
With six major data breaches in October 2022 alone, it is becoming clear Aussie firms have become targets for a new ‘cyber’ take on age-old crime. Traditional offences such as theft, blackmail, and ransom attempts are not as trendy as they used to be with the gravitation towards the cyber realm—where all signs show that cybercrime will not be slowing down.
We often hear people are the weakest link when it comes to cyber security. It doesn’t matter what software, legislation, or fines you have in place – there will always be human error. This has become a major source of cyberattack vulnerability, and has had some role in the recent attacks crippling Aussie companies right now. But, security is everyone’s responsibility, with a strong security and risk culture within an organisation, people can be the strongest link.
Most of us are familiar with phishing emails, with the tell-tale signs of a dodgy emails easy to spot. But, phishing scams are becoming more sophisticated and harder to catch, and aren’t slowing down in volume. Although phishing began on email, it now happens on all digital channels with the ACCC even warning consumers of the spike in ‘Hi Mum’ scams via SMS.