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The week in security: Controversy, lessons from Ashley Madison hack; Australia joins worst DDoS offenders

A cyberattack on the US Internal Revenue Service, reported earlier this year, now seems to be worse than originally thought. Yet the most attention was on the publication of the records from the recent Ashley Madison hack, which set tongues wagging around the world and had the site's parent company scouring the records to confirm their authenticity. Analysis of the released records, which include source code and email records, showed that internal technical experts had raised concerns about the site's security as much as a year ago. And some believe the high-profile hack willlead to a tiered Internet, while others believe it has important lessons for CSOs and could lead to a wave of spear phishing attacks.

David Braue | 24 Aug | Read more

Identity management at the heart of REA Group's 98% cloud commitment

Changes to security exposure, driven by shifting organisational network boundaries, have driven a resurgence in identity and access management (IAM) that has the government committing to significant IAM frameworks and private companies retrofitting IAM to legacy systems. Yet for fast-growing digital business REA Group, a flexible IAM environment has rapidly evolved from being a nice-to-have into a fundamental element of the company's IT strategy.

David Braue | 18 Aug | Read more

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It Wasn’t Me, It Was Bennett Arron

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.

Bennett Arron | 11 Jul | Read more

Novell, CA push to secure identity, security in cloud

Two major identity management companies are forging ahead with products designed to satisfy what a cloud-computing consortium calls one of the trickiest problems preventing secure and automated connections between internal IT infrastructures and external service providers: identity and authentication.

Kevin Fogarty | 07 Aug | Read more

Free Tools to Send Anonymous Messages

Whether it is for an investigation, a whistle-blower statement, a prank or just extreme paranoia, you may have a need for anonymously sending messages. The following five tools provide an easy to use way to communicate incognito with Internet surfing, emails, phone calls and text messages. While these tools have their limitations, they do provide an Investigator a great way to hide his identity, gather intelligence, and communicate secretly when needed.

Brandon Gregg | 18 Jun | Read more

Social Engineering: The Fine Art of BS, Face to Face

Chris Nickerson is willing to push it about as far as a person can go when it comes to security assessments. The founder of Lares, a security consultancy in Colorado, Nickerson conducts what he calls "Red Team Assessments" for clients. He is paid to try and dupe a client, and the client's employees, to give them a clear picture of the weak spots in their security plan. He then advises them on how to shore up defenses more effectively in the event a real criminal comes knocking.

Joan Goodchild | 08 Jun | Read more

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Securing the Identity of Things (IDoT) for the Internet of Things

In its recent report, The Identity of Things (IDoT) for the Internet of Things, Gartner lays out how it believes the Internet of Things (IoT), or what is often now referred to as the Internet of Everything (IoE), cannot and will not prosper unless organisations knuckle down and come to grips with how to manage multiple identities. The report then goes on to detail how today’s identity and access management technologies cannot provide the scale or manage the complexity that IoT brings to these organisations, further complicating the problem.

Allan Foster | 10 Jul | Read more

Securing digital identities for the cloud era

Though it may not be widely recognised amidst all the noise around technology trends like cloud computing, mobile, and the Internet of Things (IoT), identity is a fundamental requirement to future digital growth. Without a scalable and repeatable identity strategy, businesses and organisations will not be able to properly take advantage of mobile, cloud, or IoT. A proper identity strategy allows them to identify and engage with their customers in a meaningful way — whether it be through a laptop, mobile phone, tablet, connected car, healthcare wearable, connected home device, or the next great connected innovation.

Sumal Karunanayake | 10 Jul | 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

Return on Prevention: The Business Value of DDoS Protection

DDoS attacks are continuing to evolve and the last 12 months has seen huge growth in the number and size of the attacks going on in Australia. When we couple this with businesses’ increasing reliance on Internet connectivity, for either revenue or access to cloud based data and applications; protection from the DDoS threat should be a top priority.

Nick Race | 09 Mar | Read more

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