Friday, January 27, 2023

2023 cybersecurity predictions: Could 2023 be the year of the cyberdemic?

The second half of 2022 has seen several high-profile data breaches. Attacks ranged far and wide, from major corporations like Optus and Medibank to smaller businesses, leaving CISOs and boards concerned. And it’s brought cybersecurity into the public eye on a new scale. 2023 will further present challenges with the tried and tested attacks set to continue, while we see some new tactics come into play. Preparedness and organisation-wide awareness about cybersecurity is going to be more important than ever, as we will most likely see brands that have already been hit in 2022 become the target of further attacks in 2023.

Lacework reveals the dire impact of burnout in ANZ cybersecurity industry

Lacework®, the data-driven cloud security firm, released new research into burnout in the cyber security industry across ANZ. The results revealed over half (57%) of cybersecurity professionals are either looking for new employers or considering exiting the industry all together. This fuels concerns about local cyber skills shortages, with more than one quarter of respondents (27%) also saying that current resourcing is failing to meet this years’ needs.

SolarWinds bolsters APJ team with Aten Lim and Sara Kao additions

SolarWinds, a global provider of simple, powerful, and secure IT management software, announced the recent appointment of two new senior executives: Aten Lim as managing director, Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ), and Sara Kao as marketing director, APJ. The duo will chart the region’s sales and marketing strategies to fortify the firm’s market leadership for IT operations management (ITOM) software in APJ. Their hire reinforces the firm’s commitment to strengthening business activities, partnerships, and support in APJ.

Why being prepared for cyber attacks should be top priority for Aussie firms

With horror stories of cyber attacks in the headlines everyday, the risk of a cyber breach has moved from the hypothetical to being a very real and ever-present threat to Australian enterprises and their clients. In fact, according to Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA), 84% of organisations globally have experienced an identity-related breach in the last year.

Fortifying cybersecurity: Smart ways to address the cyber skills shortage 

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.

How can defenders catch security vulnerabilities before attackers do?

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 doubles team size and hits strong revenue growth one year on

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.

Are the popular digital licences the answer to protecting your identity?

The recent spate of cyber incidents is - rightly - generating angst amongst Australians. These companies collect and store some of our most private...

2023 cybersecurity predictions: Biometrics set to increase in adoption

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.

Plan B taps VAST DATA to protect its NZ data centres from ransomware

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.