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The 10 most terrifying security nightmares revealed at the Black Hat and Def Con hacker conferences

By Brad Chacos | 22 August, 2014 08:12

It's that time of year again: The wonderful, terrifying week when hackers and security gurus descend upon Las Vegas to show off their skills and unleash presentation after presentation full of scary-sounding exploits. This year is no different. Over the previous week, we've heard tales of planes brought down by rogue code, snoops spying on your security cameras, and secretive, undetectable code that can turn any USB drive into an unstoppable malware vessel.

Scorpion two-factor authentication buy feeds exploding Australian cloud demand: Kaseya

By David Braue | 14 August, 2014 09:42

Fully 60 per cent of new Australian business by IT-management company Kaseya has come from cloud-related business, the company's local head has revealed as it announced the acquisition of Canadian identity and access management (IAM) vendor Scorpion Software.

Japan's banking malware surge pushes Australia out of top 10

By David Braue | 13 August, 2014 08:44

Australians may be getting smarter about banking scams after new figures from Trend Micro saw the country fall out of list of the top 10 countries most affected by banking malware.

ABS: Agile for the long haul

By Stephen Withers | 13 August, 2014 08:19

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has been using Agile methodologies for around seven years, but has more recently widened its adoption as part of a broader transformation within the organisation, assistant statistician and head of technology engagement and design Lane Masterton told an audience at the Technology in Government 2014 Summit last week.

Using technology to reduce migration fraud

By Stephen Withers | 07 August, 2014 19:27

When you’re looking for a needle in a haystack, it helps if you can reduce the amount of hay you sort through.

Slideshows

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.

Symantec Vision 2011 Sydney in pictures

By Neerav Bhatt | 13 September, 2011 18:56

Symantec Vision 2011 Sydney in pictures

Security 2011 show hits Sydney: Gallery

By Neerav Bhatt | 25 August, 2011 11:49

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has the primary purpose of defending Australia against armed attack such as the Japanese air raids on Darwin and northern Australia during WWII. It also participates in UN peace keeping, operations with allies such as the USA and disaster relief. In essence the ADF is a form of “insurance” against security threats to our nation.

Features

It Wasn’t Me, It Was Bennett Arron

By Bennett Arron | 11 July, 2011 18:31

So, Identity Theft. What is it really? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s basically when your personal details are used fraudulently to open accounts or obtain documentation in your name. This could result in debts being accumulated, for which you would initially be accountable – until you prove yourself innocent.

Opinions

Opinion: How safe is your customer identity data?

By Anton Koren | 14 July, 2011 22:52

Some of the world’s largest corporations have recently fallen victim to hacking attacks and identify data theft, while other online businesses have been compromised and sidelined for days or weeks, losing millions of dollars in revenue and suffering significant reputational damage. It’s never been more important for companies to act in order to avoid becoming the next victim of identity data theft.

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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.