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​The great Australian IT security spend: More brawn than brains?

​A recent IDC FutureScape report examining the implications of IT security in AP claims Australia is the most spendthrift nation, even up against China, when it comes to spending on IT security. Most of this spend goes into security software, as one might expect as security appliances become virtualised and cloud services mature, yet Australia still had more than its fair share of high-profile attacks.

Michael Lee | 09 Feb | Read more

The week in security: 8 in 10 health apps insecure; ISIS sidesteps backdoor debate

The new year is always a good time for new beginnings – and this includes reviewing your security policies to ensure they're up to date with your changing business. CSO offers a range of policy templates and tools to give you best-practice guidance to get you started, while newly-minted security interest Forcepoint was working to equip CSOs with a better metric to track organisational security posture when dealing with the board.

David Braue | 18 Jan | Read more

The week in security: Tech giants defend encryption; Smart TVs a security soft spot

With peak retail season settling down, many were weighing the damage that hackers had wrought in recent weeks. After Hyatt Hotels said its payment-processing systems had been hit by malware, others were warning that payment terminals were often affected by poor security decisions that enabled mass fraud by hackers. Authorities dismantled a gang of criminals that had stolen 200,000 euros from ATMs infected with malware, while online vandals were said to have set a DDoS record after pummeling the BBC Web site.

David Braue | 12 Jan | Read more

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Does DevOps hurt or help security?

There is a firmly held concern in security circles that the automation associated with DevOps moves too swiftly, that security teams and their tests can't keep up, that too many of the metrics measured focus on production, availability, and compliance checkboxes, and as a result, security falls to the wayside.

George V. Hulme | 01 May | Read more

The Internet of Robotic Things: Secure, harmless helpers or vulnerable, vicious foes?

Experts say robots will be commonplace in 10 years. "Many respondents see advances in [artificial intelligence] and robotics pervading nearly every aspect of daily life by the year 2025--from distant manufacturing processes to the most mundane household activities," says Aaron Smith, senior researcher, The Pew Research Center's Internet Project, speaking of the several experts quoted in his "Predictions for the State of AI and Robotics in 2025".

David Geer | 24 Jan | Read more

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Securing digital identities into the future

Gartner* believes that by 2020, 60% of organisations will use active social identity proofing and let consumers bring in social identities to access risk-appropriate applications. It also predicts that by 2020 new biometric methods will displace passwords and fingerprints for access to endpoint devices across 80% of the market.

Sumal Karunanayake | 31 Aug | Read more

The Perfect Security Setup

For any CSO or CIO, you are charged with protecting the enterprise. That’s a significant responsibility and you know darn well that your reputation indeed your role depends on how well you can manage through the issues that will arise.

David Gee | 17 Aug | Read more

Proactive web security with client reputational services

In 2014, several successful malicious attacks against large financial services, government and private sector firms gave a clear indication of the changes occurring in the network security industry. The recent Ponemon Institute Cost of a Data Breach study found the average cost of a data breach to be $3.5 million with average cost per compromised record more than $145.

Sudeep Charles | 27 Apr | Read more

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