Stories by David Braue

The week in security: Password managers, IT managers under fire over security disconnect

By David Braue | 21 July, 2014 14:54

Confirming warnings that password managers are |not as secure as you might think, single sign-on provider LastPass shared details of two vulnerabilities it found last year, while Australian retail site CatchOfTheDay was also behind the times as it revealed details of an exploit that occurred back in 2011.

Security industry co-operation gains primacy as Palo Alto goes to Aruba

By David Braue | 18 July, 2014 14:43

A Palo Alto Networks and Aruba Networks partnership to integrate security products reflects a growing trend towards security industry co-operation and threat information sharing, the firms' local heads have confirmed.

Aussie CSOs questioning tech value, rarely talk security with executives: Ponemon

By David Braue | 18 July, 2014 14:35

Fully one-third of Australian cyber-security teams never speak with their company's executive team about security threats and a further 22 percent only meet once a year to discuss security, according to a new Ponemon Institute survey that has found fully a third of respondents would completely overhaul their IT security infrastructure if they could.

Tassie startup StratoKey headed to security stratosphere

By David Braue | 17 July, 2014 09:18

After nearly three years in development, the May debut of Tasmanian startup company's StratoKey security tool has been rewarded with a finalist berth in upcoming awards from security giant RSA and the opportunity for the founders to present to a massive audience of regional security-industry figures.

A10 enlists software-defined networking for ANZ DDoS response

By David Braue | 17 July, 2014 09:12

A year after it signed Digital Networks Australia (DNA) as its Australia-New Zealand distributor, security solutions provider A10 Networks is looking to a redesigned channel partner program to expand its reach in the region and tap into growing demand for tools to fight increasingly virulent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

The week in security: Cloud security boost as DDoS attacks ravage the Net

By David Braue | 17 July, 2014 09:10

Ever wondered what websites are being censored?

Security approval gives Samsung access to Australian government market

By David Braue | 14 July, 2014 09:04

Media reports may have suggested that Samsung was going to give up on its Knox security platform, but the Common Criteria approval of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is likely to give the platform new momentum as the company pushes into the lucrative Australian government market.

Respect Network marries security, trust in portable cloud data push

By David Braue | 09 July, 2014 09:05

More than three years after its founders began looking for a more secure way of sharing data across cloud services, the launch of the global Respect Network – in four countries – highlights their ambition to turn a federated cloud-based platform for secure information sharing into the next big social-media platform.

The week in security: IoT a new threat frontier as open-source advocates patch old ones

By David Braue | 08 July, 2014 08:19

Increasingly high-profile security attacks – most recently, a data breach at US restaurant chain PF Chang that was attributed to a 'highly sophisticated criminal operation' even as gangs hit more businesses through remote accounts – were kindling interest in encryption and other less high-profile technologies amongst high-level executives, by some accounts.

Mainstream Internet of Things raising consumer security, privacy concerns

By David Braue | 03 July, 2014 08:09

Computers and mobile devices are already copping an onslaught of security breaches, but the situation could get a whole lot worse given the results of a pair of surveys suggesting the Internet of Things (IoT) concept – espoused by both Apple and Google in their burgeoning home and car connectivity initiatives – is both increasingly desirable and a source of growing concern about security and privacy.

Encryption for mobile data protection - New threats kindling executive interest

By David Braue | 01 July, 2014 15:15

Executives' accelerating awareness of information security issues is helping vendors engage them in meaningful discussions about “boring” security technologies that previously flew under their radar, according to the regional head of storage company Imation Mobile Security.

Consolidate corporate data in cloud email to enforce security: Mimecast

By David Braue | 01 July, 2014 11:04

A year after its Australian debut, growing takeup of cloud solutions has security vendor Mimecast anticipating even bigger things as it targets new security offerings at the emerging market for Microsoft Office 365 and consolidates the benefits of its global partnership with Australian data-management vendor Nuix.

The week in security: malware detection erratic as new defences emerge

By David Braue | 30 June, 2014 07:50

A survey on use of unauthorised software found that malware fears are more of a deterrent than the threat of penalties, and with good reason.

Malware detection erratic as 2014 brings new threats: eThreatz testing

By David Braue | 26 June, 2014 16:30 | 1 Comment

Malware authors continued to outpace malware-detecting companies in the first half of 2014, according to eThreatz Automated Malware testing that showed some malware scanning tools were missing up to 83 per cent of the threats with which they were presented.

Hackers, data loss the main reasons for not pirating software: BSA

By David Braue | 25 June, 2014 16:35

Concerns about security and loss of data are more of a deterrent to the use of unlicensed software than the actual legal issues involved, new research from industry organisation The Software Alliance (BSA) has found.

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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.