Bitcoin, and the other crypto-currencies that are available, have garnered plenty of attention over the last year or so – and not all of that has been good. Some analysts have found strong correlations between the fluctuating exchange rate of Bitcoin and the activities of malware distributors and other nefarious actors. And the recent Mt Gox (a Bitcoin currency exchange) revelations that as much as half a billion dollars of Bitcoin had been stolen, rendering the company insolvent, have highlighted the volatility and transience of virtual currencies.
Life could become more difficult for fraudsters on Skype thanks to research by Microsoft boffins that promises to cut down on fake accounts across the platform.
Insiders are still the main threat to an organisation’s information, but outside hackers have caught up and are leaning on vendors and suppliers to gain a foothold in their targets.
The diversity of information sources involved in typical forensic investigations means that investigators spend 80 per cent of their time simply figuring out what information to use and how, an IBM security researcher has warned.
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has struck a $32 million five-year deal with Telstra for secure Internet gateway services.
A vast majority of today’s workforce use USB memory sticks, they offer unequalled convenience for transferring data. In most situations, if the data is not confidential, a standard USB stick quite acceptable, but what do you use if your data is sensitive?
The annual Security exhibition and conference took place in Sydney during July. Delegates heard from the Bank of England, NBN Co and terrorist expert Doctor Anne Speckhard.
After jumping through countless hoops to get the required set of security clearances and approval by the US Embassy to photograph the President’s visit CSO can see why these steps were justified.
Our photojournalist Neerav Bhatt was less than 5 metres away from the world’s most heavily secured individual - the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
Destroying data to protect against fraud.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has the primary purpose of defending Australia against armed attack such as the Japanese air raids on Darwin and northern Australia during WWII. It also participates in UN peace keeping, operations with allies such as the USA and disaster relief. In essence the ADF is a form of “insurance” against security threats to our nation.
Insider threats — for example, data theft, intellectual property loss, privacy breaches and financial fraud — can be the most challenging IT risks for an organisation to address because they may or may not be happening. But if an insider threat occurs, it could no doubt hurt financially and/or publically. So how do you implement early detection to discover and expose these threats?
Australia has come a long way since the first closed circuit television (CCTV) security camera was installed in Melbourne in 1981 to help support a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. In the twenty years since, those humble analogue installations have transformed into modern high resolution, networked-enabled, digital systems.
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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.