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Adelaide security researcher nurturing students' love of a good hack

By David Braue | 23 July, 2014 23:15

A group of nearly 100 University of Adelaide computer science students is beginning their third day in a computer-security intensive program that was co-ordinated by a School of Computer Science security researcher and PhD candidate.

Imperva security stats confirm even hackers love a World Cup thriller

By David Braue | 22 July, 2014 15:34

The 2014 World Cup soccer grand final between Germany and Argentina was so popular around the world that even hackers took time off from their depredations to watch, a traffic analysis from Imperva has revealed.

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.

Secure web services

By Ashton Mills | 21 July, 2014 11:54

If there's one thing the Snowden leaks have shown us, it's that security and privacy are largely an illusion. Yet, it's still possible to make it harder not just for criminals and hackers but also questionable government agencies with the right tools. Unfortunately, one of the key programs we all use to interface with the net is also the one of the primary vectors of attack -- the humble web browser.

Catch of the Day Breach takes three years to report

By Anthony Caruana | 21 July, 2014 08:15

Catch of the Day claims to be Australia's number one online department store. And a look at their prices and range makes it clear that they have a reasonable claim on that crown.

Reviews

The security suite guide 2010

By Frank J. Ohlhorst | 18 August, 2010 08:54

Just a few short years ago, all a PC needed for protection was a basic antivirus program to guard against any malware that arrived via an e-mail attachment, embedded in a shareware application or piggy-backed on a floppy disk.

Slideshows

From Anonymous to Hackerazzi: The year in security mischief-making

By Michael Cooney | 08 December, 2011 09:08

These days barely a day goes by where there isn’t some sort of network security breach or hack or malfunction of some sort. This year too we had the rise of groups such as Anonymous and Lulz that sought out attention for their activities. Here we take a look at the year in pictures of some of the key security problems that grabbed our attention.

AISA National Conference: In pictures

By Zennith Geisler | 11 November, 2011 10:39

- Amazon, Apple and Google know more about you than your doctor or lawyer - and Commbank is jealous as hell. - Don’t trust an organisation that doesn’t have a face - because then you can’t punch it in when they screw up, said Marcus Ranum. - 78 percent of the world’s population doesn’t have access to a computer or the internet and therefore avoid all IT security problems.

Destroying data to protect against fraud

By Neerav Bhatt | 18 October, 2011 07:39

Destroying data to protect against fraud.

The encryption quiz

By Tim Greene and Jim Duffy | 29 September, 2011 20:12

The complexity of encryption schemes has been increased dramatically in an attempt to outpace the development of computational tools designed to crack them. Now it's important to devise algorithms that can't be brute forced for trillions of years in the hopes that they will remain secure long enough to be useful before they, too, are broken. Here's a quiz about encryption to see how well you are versed in one of security's most important components. Keep track of your score and check at the end to see how well you stack up.

Opinions

3 steps to total compromise – why Google’s 86,000 indexed printers should have your IT team jumping.

By Darren Arnott | 06 February, 2013 11:56

There’s been bit of coverage in the technology press about Google’s “Indexing” of tens of thousands of publicly available printers connected directly to the Internet.

Three Facts of Data Security Legislation for the Cloud

By Puneet Kukreja | 19 December, 2012 12:49

Over the last 2-3 years cloud computing has promised, and in many instances delivered, a lower total cost of ownership. This has helped organisations return the focus of operation to their core activities—reducing the effort spent on managing IT infrastructure and applications.

Exposing insider threats

By Stuart Meyers | 13 November, 2012 10:10 | 1 Comment

Insider threats — for example, data theft, intellectual property loss, privacy breaches and financial fraud — can be the most challenging IT risks for an organisation to address because they may or may not be happening. But if an insider threat occurs, it could no doubt hurt financially and/or publically. So how do you implement early detection to discover and expose these threats?

Opinion: Business Security - Securing your business data

By Ian Hyndman | 13 July, 2011 12:47

This is not just what is stolen; but also the loss of business or credibility that comes from informing customers that their data has been compromised. How would your customers react if you told them that their financial data or personal information had been taken by persons unknown?

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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.