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Optus undertakes extensive security review as sanction for “significant” privacy breaches

Number-two telecommunications company SingTel Optus will undergo a wide ranging, independent review of its information-security systems after working with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to finalise an enforceable undertaking relating to what privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has called three “significant” breaches of customer privacy last year.

David Braue | 31 Mar | Read more

The week in security: Now law in Australia, data retention challenged overseas

It was a banner week for the handling of personal information, with Australia's controversial metadata retention laws becoming law after Labor capitulated on its previous opposition to the legislation. Similar issues were at the fore in the US – where numerous technology companies pressed the US government to stop its collection of metadata – and Europe, where Dutch telcos were ordered to delete data retained under previous data-retention laws after they were found to be unconstitutional. And the EU's high court wasset to revisit the ability of US companies to handle the zealously-protected personal information of EU citizens.

David Braue | 30 Mar | Read more

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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

Wipe it free: secure wiping software

When it comes retiring PCs at the office or at home, regardless of whether their final destination is a tip or to be sold to recover an investment, it goes without saying that a computer's drives need to be wiped. For the corporate environment, you're going to want to make sure no sensitive data is left behind however benign, and for the home you don't want leave any trace of personal details or credit card transactions that could be picked up and used in identify theft.

Ashton Mills | 03 Apr | Read more

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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

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

Security breach

No company wants to be associated with a data breach, but if your systems are compromised the fallout can sometimes be more damaging than the act itself.

Matt Rodgers | 22 Sep | Read more

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Opinions

The Next Generation of Assessing Information Risk

Digital information is the heart of today’s organisations. It’s growing exponentially, and its effective use and management is directly linked to the continued success of the modern enterprise. However, digital technologies and global interconnection have introduced a significant number of new risks and greatly amplified existing ones. There are now many significant, high-profile examples of information risks being realised, and their impacts continue to grow. Organisations simply must improve their management of information risk.

Steve Durbin | 30 Mar | Read more

The Active International Response to Cyber Crime

The international cyber-security versus cyber-crime battle is gathering pace and what we’re seeing is the formation of international alliances to fight this rising scourge. However, the online world is unlike any other, it will take more than a defensive mindset to win this battle.

Mark Gregory | 26 Mar | Read more

Is your Board Cyber Ready?

Over the last few years the topic of cyber security has gone mainstream. It’s now being actively discussed in boardrooms. The years 2012-2014 will go down in history as a period when many major corporations were breached, with the Sony Pictures hack becoming a landmark moment—nation-state actors got involved and executive orders authorising political sanctions were issued.

Puneet Kukreja | 26 Mar | Read more

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