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The security suite guide 2010

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.

Frank J. Ohlhorst | 18 Aug | Read more

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In pictures: PM launches cyber safety program

Prime Minister Julia Gillard was on hand in Sydney this week to launch a new cyber education module called bCyberwise. Developed by Life Education and McAfee, the program is designed to teach primary school students about online dangers such as becoming `friends' with strangers and cyber bullying. The program will be rolled out to Australian schools from 4 February.

Hamish Barwick | 17 Jan | Read more

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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

Penetration Testing

This is a real issue, and not just one for the well publicised attacks on major corporations such as Sony, Lockheed, Google, and Citi. It affects every business and organisation, large and small. More worrying still, it is now widely suggested that hackers and espionage organisations are moving away from directly attacking their target company, choosing instead to route their attack through suppliers to their target. Thus, even small and seemingly innocuous “third party” businesses who would not consider themselves as potential targets are now on the front line of this cyber war.

Malcolm Higgins | 13 Jul | Read more

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Dyre Straights: How to Best Combat the Latest Generation of Malware

The information security professional’s worst nightmare is the cybercriminal attack imposter armed with a legitimate user’s valid credentials. Unfortunately, the cybercriminals are adept at stealing them. Valid usernames and passwords can be lost in data breaches, keystroke loggers may capture them and ship them off, an end user can be socially engineered to reveal them – the list is long. These examples, however, are only bad dreams compared the latest generation of malware variants called Dyre or Dyreza – a Remote Access Trojan, or RAT.

Oren Kedem and Michael Toth | 09 Jul | Read more

Why cybersecurity matters

Last year saw some of the highest profile data breaches involving huge multinational organisations and government agencies. In fact, the Australian Government has reported that it can document at least one attack against its IT systems by a foreign power. Whether in the government, entertainment or retail sector, these organisations were forced to answer some tough questions by their stakeholders.

David Kim | 06 Jul | Read more

The true cost of a data breach

There are many reasons for security attacks. Attackers may be looking for payment card data or other sensitive commercial information, or they may simply wish to disrupt an organisation’s operations. Whatever their motive, data breaches have a significant impact on a business. Protecting an organisation from an unwanted intrusion can save tens of millions of dollars, and help maintain customer loyalty and shareholder confidence. But can we really quantify the true cost of a data breach?

Robert Parker | 07 Jul | Read more

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