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Small, unsophisticated developers perpetuating IoT security lapses: IBM

Despite years of education about security threats, software developers in Australia and elsewhere are still writing code that is too insecure and will open up massive holes as the Internet of Things (IoT) develops, IBM's X-Force security arm has warned as a prologue to recent research that found most malware threats continue to come from outside of Australia but can nonetheless affect all countries.

David Braue | 26 Nov | Read more

The week in security: iappANZ weighs privacy progress; Obama, industry fight government spying

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim released a new Privacy Regulatory Action Policy as the iappANZ Privacy Summit kicked off. Also instructive on the policy front was Scotland's National Health Service, which shared its experience meeting healthcare privacy requirements with attendees. Vodafone's head of privacy was also on hand, pointing out that economics is playing an increasing role in discussions about the risks of privacy.

David Braue | 25 Nov | 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

AISA National Conference: In pictures

- Amazon, Apple and Google know more about you than your doctor or lawyer - and Commbank is jealous as hell. - Don’t trust an organisation that doesn’t have a face - because then you can’t punch it in when they screw up, said Marcus Ranum. - 78 percent of the world’s population doesn’t have access to a computer or the internet and therefore avoid all IT security problems.

Zennith Geisler | 11 Nov | Read more

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Will Healthcare Ever Take IT Security Seriously?

A recent threat intelligence study reports widespread security vulnerabilities in healthcare organizations, many of which went unnoticed for months. In December, a developer pulled unencrypted data from a 'certified' mobile health app in less than a minute. Why is it so hard for healthcare to get security right?

Brian Eastwood | 26 Feb | Read more

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Five predictions for IdaaS and Identity Management in 2015

Five years ago we knew changes in technology and the ways in which we do business would present enormous challenges for how IT manages identity, what we didn’t know, was just how fast these changes would take place. By 2015 Gartner forecasts Identity as a Service (IDaaS) will make up 25 per cent of the Identity and Access Management (IAM) market, up from just four per cent in 2011.

Graham Pearson | 28 Nov | Read more

SOFTWARE-DEFINED NEUTRALISATION OF CYBER RISKS

Putting a strong lock on a weak door is unlikely to deter thieves, particularly when there are valuables inside. Yet all too often in the battle against cyber attacks, businesses do just that: they attach advanced digital security systems to inherently insecure corporate network infrastructures. The net result is enterprise IT capabilities that keep those tasked with maintaining risk registers and ensuring data security awake at night, and frustration for those who want to embrace next generation mobility and cloud technologies to generate efficiencies and competitive advantage.

John Suffolk | 24 Nov | Read more

Peeling back the darknet

Most organisations are unaware of the need to bring darknet expertise in-house to ensure that there will be no surprises bubbling out of the darkness. The darknet does not have a pretty face, but it is not entirely evil either; so what is it that your organisation should know about the darknet, and why?

Mark Gregory, RMIT | 24 Nov | Read more

R.I.P. Email?

R.I.P. email. Well nearly. While the number of email accounts continues to grow rapidly, I'm predicting that email, as we know it today, will fade away as the world's most pervasive form of digital communications—possibly within three to five years. It’s not just that there are other ways by which people are communicating, it’s also because email is increasingly a risky way to communicate.

George Fong | 21 Nov | Read more

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