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Cyber attacks against the US – the empire strikes back

John Carlin is an Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice in the US and runs the National Security Division. He is responsible for prosecuting cyber criminals in the United States that threaten the interests of the country. It was the first new litigation division created in 50 years and came from a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission and pulled together several different government entities that, until then, didn’t share information easily.

Anthony Caruana | 23 Apr | Read more

Automation key to defeating new adversaries

The Office of Personnel Management in the United States is responsible vast volumes of personal information. They’re responsible for the data relating to potential, current and past employees of the government. IT Security Operations Director Jeff Wagner is responsible for protecting this data against a constantly changing threat landscape. He’s taken a non-traditional approach to not only respond to threats in seconds with fewer resources, but also uncover previously hidden threats that were lurking on the network.

Anthony Caruana | 22 Apr | Read more

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Slideshows

The encryption quiz

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.

Tim Greene and Jim Duffy | 29 Sep | Read more

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Features

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

Active Online Security Measures for Business

Australian businesses are under constant threat from criminals that utilise the inherent features of infrastructure and systems connected to digital networks—and the rate of cyber-attacks is increasing, according to a recent report from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).

Mark Gregory, RMIT | 27 Apr | Read more

Turning the Tables on Cyber Attackers

Whoever said the best defence is a strong offence could have been thinking of protecting the enterprise from “advanced threats”. Given the stealth of today’s advanced attack malware, the scale of data compromise and speed of execution, it has been proven time and again that relying on a passive, defensive security strategy is no longer adequate.

Nick Race | 17 Apr | Read more

Tackling the human element of cyber security

The number and complexity of cyber-attacks has been increasing steadily over the last decade. Many adversaries are targeting the communications and information systems of organisations to extract large amounts of sensitive data, often hijacking insider credentials as a preferred method of breach. Identity has become today’s biggest security gap.

Dean Nicholls | 31 Mar | Read more

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

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