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The week in security: Identity, telecoms, biometrics drive government security vision

Although there was controversy around government plans to increase biometric information-gathering a Australian entry ports, others felt that Australian government agencies were showing “inspiring” traction in formalising their identity-management infrastructures, while UK and US government agencies were taking off on a slightly different tack after being said to have attacked security software that they felt was thwarting their work in intelligence gathering.

David Braue | 29 Jun | Read more

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Reviews

Secure cloud backup : Review

To help you narrow down your options, here's our take on some of the more popular and well-known services, as well as some you may not have heard of. Use these as a springboard—again, there are plenty of other options out there—for your own research, and if you're not currently using a cloud backup service you may find reason to once you've seen what's on offer.

Ashton Mills | 30 Apr | Read more

Cisco impresses with first crack at next-gen firewall

When we tested next-generation firewalls last May, at least one important security vendor wasn't there: Cisco, because they weren't ready to be tested. Now that the ASA CX next-generation firewall has had a year to mature, we put the product through its paces, using the same methodology as our last NGFW test.

Joel Snyder | 17 Jun | Read more

Review: WatchGuard XTM2050

What is big, flexible, red and costs more than your average mid-range family sedan? Not a HSV—not quite that much—but this top of the range unified threat management (UTM) device (or in this case, XTM– the X presumably being a variable) is definitely in a high performance category. The XTM2050 from WatchGuard is one of a new breed of security devices that packs punch.

Matt Tett | 22 May | Read more

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Slideshows

In Pictures: CSO's Identity Driven Access Management Round Table

It's the centenary of the commencement of World War One. Back then, there were borders to protect. The soldiers knew who they were fighting and there were very few incursions where one side crossed a border undetected. Today's battles are different. The bad guys are stealing the good guys’ passwords and identities to get access to whatever they want. And they often wait weeks or even months before revealing their true objectives.

Abigail Swabey | 22 Oct | Read more

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Features

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

2011's biggest security snafus

Perhaps it was an omen of what was to come when the city of San Francisco on New Year's Eve 2010 couldn't get a backup system running in its Emergency Operations Center because no one knew the password.

Ellen Messmer | 02 Dec | Read more

Guide: How to bulletproof your website

'Tis the season to begin ramping up online shopping activity, and for retailers that means doing all they can to ensure their websites are up, highly available and able to handle peak capacity. Looming in many IT managers' minds is the cautionary tale of Target, whose website crashed twice after it was inundated by an unprecedented number of online shoppers when the retailer began selling clothing and accessories from high-end Italian fashion company Missoni.

Esther Shein | 29 Nov | Read more

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Opinions

A move towards cyber resilience in a world without borders

Late last year, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission chairperson, Greg Medcraft called for Australia to focus on "cyber resilience" to prevent destabilisation of financial markets. Coincidentally, a day later, the Australian Government announced the formation of a cyber security expert panel to review the nation’s cyber security efforts. This came in the wake of the Australian Signals Directorate reporting a 37 per cent increase in cyber security incidents on the previous year.

John Ellis | 15 Jun | Read more

A World without Identity and Access Governance

Imagine if the ability to assign and manage an employee’s application and data access disappeared overnight and all of your systems and data were left wide open to everyone in your organization. Needless to say, the fallout would be disastrous. Employees would be able to see each other’s salaries, confidential trade secrets would be readily viewable and open to the world and the threat of industrial espionage after an employee’s departure would increase exponentially.

Dean Wiech | 15 Jun | Read more

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