Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Fortifying cybersecurity on Australian shores: 8 tips to keep attacks at bay

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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.

Why people are the key to developing strong security culture in a workplace

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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.

Keeping your guard up in the face of socially engineered phishing scams

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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. 

China cyber espionage expert to host ‘cyber war games’ in Australia

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Nozomi Networks Inc. announced it will host a virtual cyber war games event to bring together Australia’s best cyber talent and stop cybercriminals aiming to take down a key piece of national critical infrastructure. Operation Cyber Crisis will comprise two increasingly difficult cyber threat scenarios targeted against industrial systems and critical infrastructure.

Nozomi appoints finance expert Jared Waterman as Chief Financial Officer

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Nozomi Networks, the leader in Operational Technology & Internet of Things cybersecurity, announced that Jared Waterman has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the company. In addition to leading Nozomi Networks’ global finance organisation, Mr. Waterman will be responsible for support functions including overseeing the finance, legal and IT teams.

CyberArk reaches collaboration with Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre

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CyberArk, the Identity Security firm, announced its collaboration with the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre as part of its commitment to the growth and development of the Australian cybersecurity ecosystem. This comes at a time where the Australian Government is focused on bolstering cyber defence, especially in the area of critical infrastructure.

Increase in data attacks put Aussies at higher risk of Black Friday scams

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Under the current climate of high-profile cyberattacks on Aussie businesses, cyber security expert Mimecast is warning consumers and businesses to be extra cyber savvy this coming Black Friday/Cyber Monday to be on the lookout for scams. Recent data from the email and collaboration cyber security provider’s threat research team has revealed that social media platforms, and delivery businesses, are most likely to be attacked or impersonated this year.

FS-ISAC and Cyberbit announce winner of the first Cyber League

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FS-ISAC, the member-driven, not-for-profit organization that advances cybersecurity and resilience in the financial system, and Cyberbit, provider of cybersecurity skill development and readiness platform, announced that team “IsNotTheEDR” from Banco de Crédito Cooperativo (BCC) is the winner of the first International Cyber League (ICL) Financial Cup, 2022 – the first hyper-realistic cybersecurity tournament for the financial industry.

Why OpenSSL vulnerabilities are not quite Heartbleed, but must be patched

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About 10 years ago, we had the "Heartbleed" vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptography library, which is used worldwide by many servers, desktops, and mobile devices. It was a bug and vulnerability so huge, Bruce Schneier, the internationally renowned security guru, famously said that on a scale of 1 to 10, the Heartbleed vulnerability was an 11.

A third of organisations don’t know if they were hacked in the last year

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We used to have more distance from cybercrime and things going generally wrong with technology. In the real world, issues were just dealt with by ‘the tech people’ and in the fictional world, we enjoyed – albeit with some anxiety – what seemed to be fantastic and impossible depictions of dystopian tech futures played out on the cinema screen.