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The week in security: Identity, telecoms, biometrics drive government security vision

Although there was controversy around government plans to increase biometric information-gathering a Australian entry ports, others felt that Australian government agencies were showing “inspiring” traction in formalising their identity-management infrastructures, while UK and US government agencies were taking off on a slightly different tack after being said to have attacked security software that they felt was thwarting their work in intelligence gathering.

David Braue | 29 Jun | 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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CIO-CSO tension makes businesses stronger

The relationship between the CIO and CSO (or CISO) can be fraught with tension - and that can be a good thing. Both executives play a critical role in your organization's C-suite, and better understanding these sometimes overlapping roles can only make your business stronger and more secure.

Sharon Florentine | 23 Apr | Read more

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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A World without Identity and Access Governance

Imagine if the ability to assign and manage an employee’s application and data access disappeared overnight and all of your systems and data were left wide open to everyone in your organization. Needless to say, the fallout would be disastrous. Employees would be able to see each other’s salaries, confidential trade secrets would be readily viewable and open to the world and the threat of industrial espionage after an employee’s departure would increase exponentially.

Dean Wiech | 15 Jun | Read more

Seven things government security leaders expect vendors to address

p> Finally, the meeting has arrived.</p> <p> After many months of phone calls, e-mails, a WebEx demo and other prep work, you walk in the room and sit down with the government security leader and his or her team. Your hand-picked group of rock stars has been waiting for this moment. They even flew in early to practice the PowerPoint presentation.</p>

Dan Lohrmann | 26 May | Read more

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