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Testing Security Controls for Logic Based Attacks

A lot of attention is being focused on cryptography and other security controls being manipulated by attackers who are exploiting poor implementations, lack of maintenance and seemingly unforseen omissions in the controls coding. This can lead to a trusted security control being turned into a weapon of choice.

Christopher Flynn | 16 Sep | Read more

Lessons from The Fappening

In case you missed it, last week's "Hashtag of the Week" was #fappening. It was a response to the hacking or leaking of hundreds of nude pictures of a number of nude celebrities. Early in the piece it was alleged that Apple's iCloud service had been hacked but the reality is far more complex.

Anthony Caruana | 09 Sep | Read more

The week in security: Celebrities face Apple's naked truth

A major security breach was the last thing Apple needed in the leadup to the high-profile launch of its iPhone 6, and the "outraged” company was quick to argue that the leak of nude celebrity photos from its iCloud service was a targeted attack. Others said the leak was a reminder of the importance of two-factor authentication

David Braue | 08 Sep | Read more

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Reviews

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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Slideshows

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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Features

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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Opinions

Under attack, how banks can fight back

In March 2013, the Reserve Bank of Australia confirmed that hackers had penetrated its computers but failed to steal sensitive data or corrupt networks, amid growing alarm that sophisticated cyber attacks may leave banks and other organisations unaware they have been compromised.

Geoff Webb | 02 Jun | Read more

The business side of cyber security

Balancing security priorities with business flexibility and agility is a tough challenge. But it’s a challenge every executive management team faces as it strives to drive business growth, achieve competitive advantage and maximise operational efficiency.

Ammar Hindi | 06 Dec | Read more

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