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The 2015 Social Engineering Survival Guide

Despite being an integral aspect of many, if not most, major attacks, social engineering tactics always seem to go underappreciated by enterprise security teams. However, it's often easier to trick someone into opening an email and exploiting a vulnerability that way, or convincing an unsuspecting assistant to provide a few useful bits of information, than it is to directly attack a web application or network connection.

George V. Hulme | 23 Jan | Read more

The week in security: Obama promotes breach sharing, hackers do same

Big-name security tools aren't catching anywhere near all of the malware they are presented with, according to the latest lab testing results from Enex Labs, which found during testing in the second half of 2014 that as many as 100 percent of tested malware was making it through the defences of eight popular security tools. The results were corroborated by a FireEye study that found traditional security defences simply are not stopping security breaches.

David Braue | 19 Jan | Read more

Three elements that every advanced security operations center needs

Security operations centers (SOC) have been around for a while, stretching back to the old room full of live camera feeds. The intent of a SOC is simple: provide the business with the ability to see what is going on in order to take action if necessary. The level of SOC sophistication varied depending on the risks and infrastructure complexity. Consider the humble stretch of road and an analogy for businesses in the very early days of the internet: In low risk, low traffic areas, it was often not necessary to have a constant additional surveillance of this road. Road rules -- basic perimeter-based network security measures like firewalls -- still applied, but it was considered sufficient for any out-of-the-ordinary incidents to be handled reactively.

Michael Lee | 20 Jan | Read more

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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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Password Protection: How Far Can Hackers Get?

For years, passwords have been the dominant means by which organisations authenticate customer access to online services. Password-based authentication is easy and familiar for customers, and is initially inexpensive for organizations to deploy at scale. But, while password-based authentication may be appropriate in some instances, it is no longer suitable for the wide range of services where it is currently being used.

Steve Durbin | 13 Jan | Read more

A Look Back At Information Security in 2014

With the major financial card breaches at global retailers, as well as a number of SSL/TLS vulnerabilities, it’s possible you may have missed a few other under-reported security issues that provided valuable lessons to the general technology community in 2014.

Thu Pham | 10 Dec | Read more

Identifying the visibility gaps in your security

‘Once more unto the breach’…When Henry V uttered those immortalised words in Shakespeare’s play; most enemy attacks were fought on the battlefield. Yet in modern times, many ambushes come in the form of cyber attacks that wreak havoc in the shadows. These data breaches affect all organisations, not just governments, and also more commonly small and mid-sized businesses.

Brett Moorgas | 10 Dec | Read more

Identity governance: It’s all about the people

New technologies like bring your own identity (BYOI) provide the agility that organisations need to compete in the digital economy, as Jan Zeilinga demonstrated in last month’s blog. But let’s not forget that getting the house in order is an important prerequisite to going “digital”. Employees and contractors need access to the right information to do their jobs, and organisations need to ensure that digital assets are used appropriately.

John Havers | 10 Dec | Read more

Buyer Beware: Five Cybersecurity Consumer Tips for the Holiday Season

Last year, news that US retailer Target’s point-of-sale systems were compromised resulting in the theft of more than 40 million payment card numbers hit Australian headlines. A steady stream of breach stories throughout the year further raised awareness of the issue in this part of the world. But given there are no mandatory breach disclosure laws in this country, you may be wondering ‘If my details were stolen, how would I even know?’ Practically speaking, you’re probably thinking ‘What can I do to protect myself this festive season?’

Chris Pogue | 10 Dec | Read more

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