A test of counterfeit Microsoft Windows and Office installers bought from local markets in Melbourne, Australia, seems to confirm the results of recent IDC research: dodgy software is generally either rubbish or a security risk.
There has been a significant amount of talk about big data lately in the media particularly at the RSA security conference. However, many people are still unclear as to what constitutes big data and furthermore what its implications are to us as security professionals. Within this brief article, I shall try and address both these points.
There have been a number of ransomware attacks on Australian businesses lately. Awareness of this threat is increasing, but a number of small businesses, in particular, are still in the dark around what this is and how to protect themselves against it. Within this brief article, I shall try and cover both these points.
By implementing a national multi-factor authentication system Australian citizens will benefit from having the highest levels of online security in the world. This technology may provide a significant competitive advantage to business in securing digital assets and could lead to innovation based export opportunities. The headlines report massive breaches of information that directly expose our financial systems to grave risk. Australia must set the benchmark in secure digital vigilance to safeguard our information security perimeter from existing and potential threats.
When it comes to protecting enterprise data, CIOs and CSOs are at a crossroads. The complexity and prevalence of security threats continue to grow, bolstered by consumer IT and mobility. The open nature of IT has paved the way for far more sophisticated attacks—beyond conventional credit card data theft to multilevel attacks. Information security executives face perhaps the toughest challenge of their careers.
A marathon hack event held over a June weekend in Melbourne attracted more than 50 developers and designers, and a dozen subject matter and technical experts to ‘hack for humanity’. They volunteered their time to create open source solutions for communities impacted by natural disasters and climate change. These prototypes are available to assist in disaster relief planning, emergency management and community recovery.
The speed at which IT is developing and the general nature of modern business means that many enterprises rely on specialists to manage our systems and applications. Economic and competitive pressures have made it imperative for organisations of all sizes to focus on their core competencies and turn to third-parties to assume responsibility for key corporate functions. The most common form of outsourcing is the cloud. The cloud simplifies many aspects of IT and the business services world.
The recent Australian Federal Police arrest of a Sydney hacker claiming to be from the international hacking group Lulz Security (LulzSec) has brought Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks once again into the limelight.
This first of 3 part series discusses the development of the Stuxnet malware, the legal and ethical issues. This thought provoking article raises questions into cyber terrorism and weather this is for offensive or defensive purposes.
It seems like every other website we visit today presents us with a “login with a social network” button. We are sometimes presented with a choice, usually between Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. But the most common social network encountered is Facebook and the most common scenario where we are offered this option is when we attempt to use a technology-focused service online. This is starting to change and we will start to notice it in a matter of months.
In October of 2012, Kaspersky Labs discovered what could be the most powerful and complex computer virus to date. They are calling it Red October, after the submarine featured in the Tom Clancy novel and movie of the same name, because of the way that it has been lurking around for the past five years gathering top secret intelligence from countries all over the world.
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Incident handling is a vast topic, but here are a few tips for you to consider in your incident response. I hope you never have to use them, but the odds are at some point you will and I hope being ready saves you pain (or your job!).
- Have an incident response plan.
- Pre-define your incident response team
- Define your approach: watch and learn or contain and recover.
- Pre-distribute call cards.
- Forensic and incident response data capture.
- Get your users on-side.
- Know how to report crimes and engage law enforcement.
- Practice makes perfect.
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.