Stories by David Braue

Lower costs help NZ pip Australia for F5 Networks support centre

By David Braue | 17 April, 2014 11:53

Australia may have enjoyed success in luring investments by overseas security vendors like CipherCloud], ESET and |Vormetric, but good access to security skills and a lower operational cost base tipped the scales in favour of New Zealand as application delivery and security firm F5 Networks decided where to open its latest regional security facility.

Heartbleed panic drives flood of enquiries to Symantec's Melbourne CA

By David Braue | 14 April, 2014 08:34

While security vendors weigh their product ranges for vulnerability to the recently discovered 'Heartbleed' bug, Symantec's massive digital certificate infrastructure remains secure – but the company is advising customers to update the vulnerable OpenSSL code and then regenerate their public key infrastructure (PKI) private keys, according to its Melbourne-based senior principal systems engineer Nick Savvides.

Rising security threat should motivate better employee support: Symantec

By David Braue | 11 April, 2014 13:40

Many organisations are improving internal efficiency as they introduce Internet security response services as part of 'defence in depth' strategies to fight the exploding cybercrime threat, a Symantec managed security services expert has reported as the company's latest cybercrime report analysed a surge in 'mega breaches' during 2013.

DDoS botnets already smarter, fiercer in 2014: Imperva Incapsula

By David Braue | 09 April, 2014 17:03

A flurry of distinctive new distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the first few months of this year led security firm Imperva Incapsula to rethink the methodology behind its latest DDoS Threat Landscape Report as it sought to characterise a “much more complex breed of DDoS offenders” expected to grow the DDoS threat significantly this year.

Heartbleed could have already exposed your personal data, experts warn

By David Braue | 09 April, 2014 16:24

Consumers may well have lost sensitive data without even knowing it.

Privacy changes raising data-security profile in Australia: Vormetric

By David Braue | 08 April, 2014 16:36

Australia’s growing focus on security-related governance and regulations made it a natural choice of location for encryption-management firm Vormetric as the company prepares to use its new Sydney office as a launching-off point to the Asia-Pacific region, the head of the company's Australian operations has explained.

The week in security: XP's last stand as home routers compromised

By David Braue | 08 April, 2014 14:08

With just days to go until the end of support for Windows XP, the platform was still going strong and Microsoft lodged its final patches as some were concerned that the massive number of PCs in China would make the country a hotspot for botnet activity.

Packetloop team moves into R&D “Nirvana” as Arbor courts Australian skills

By David Braue | 03 April, 2014 15:25

Australian security-analytics startup Packetloop, purchased in September by global security concern Arbor Networks, has cut the ribbon on a high-tech Sydney R&D lab, with founder Scott Crane believing it will make the company even more attractive to the best of Australia's IT security talent.

Peoplebank processing contractors faster with cloud-based PKI

By David Braue | 02 April, 2014 17:22

Specialist recruitment giant Peoplebank is seeing significant time savings after implementing a digital signature system that has significantly improved its everyday work processes.

The week in security: Target PCI DSS auditor sued, XP-ocalypse nears

By David Braue | 01 April, 2014 21:19

Recriminations were flying as security vendor Trustwave Holdings was named in a lawsuit related to the penetration of US retailer Target, in a suit related to Target's obligations under the PCI DSS credit-card industry standard. The move was termed a wake up call for companies looking to hire PCI DSS auditors, while others in the credit-card industry were seizing on the Target hack to further their arguments for PIN vs chip-based card security.

Nearly 7% of ANZ PCs face XP-related security exposure: Trend Micro

By David Braue | 01 April, 2014 20:56

Companies in Australia and New Zealand are well ahead of world pace in moving away from Windows XP – which is widely expected to become a security nightmare once Microsoft discontinues updates for the platform next Monday – but hundreds of thousands of regional PCs are still running the operating system, according to new statistics from Trend Micro.

Australians lag world in backup, still losing data: Kroll

By David Braue | 31 March, 2014 14:52 | 1 Comment

March 31 is World Backup Day; do you know where your data is?

Australian government requests for Google user info up 29% in 2013

By David Braue | 31 March, 2014 12:54

The Australian government increased its use of data requests to source information on Google by 29 per cent from 2012 to 2013, the company's latest Transparency Report has shown, while figures indicated that Australian authorities are proving more effective than most governments at getting most of the information they request.

Barracuda analytics expose the anatomy of a malware attack

By David Braue | 26 March, 2014 11:55

The accumulation of large quantities of security-related data facilitated the creation of a user-friendly front end that is providing unprecedented visibility into the behaviour of malware in Australia and around the world, a Barracuda Networks security researcher has explained.

Palo Alto's Cyvera, Singapore labs investments to benefit Australian customers: Armando Dacal

By David Braue | 26 March, 2014 11:50

Geographical convenience to Asia may have driven Palo Alto Networks to choose Singapore over Australia for its Asia-Pacific headquarters, but the company's Australian customers will nonetheless benefit as the fast-growing security firm builds up its regional technical capabilities.

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Incident handling is a vast topic, but here are a few tips for you to consider in your incident response. I hope you never have to use them, but the odds are at some point you will and I hope being ready saves you pain (or your job!).


  1. Have an incident response plan.

  2. Pre-define your incident response team 

  3. Define your approach: watch and learn or contain and recover.

  4. Pre-distribute call cards.

  5. Forensic and incident response data capture.

  6. Get your users on-side.

  7. Know how to report crimes and engage law enforcement. 

  8. Practice makes perfect.

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.