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National cyber-security response, skills development crucial to Australia's economic future: Cisco

The government should prepare Australia for the next decade in cybersecurity by implementing a multi-pronged national cyber security strategy that combines multi-sector information sharing, development of state-based cybersecurity training hubs and other initiatives to bolster our national protective capabilities, networking giant Cisco Systems has argued in a formal response to the first-ever Australian Government Cyber Security Review.

David Braue | 04 Aug | Read more

The week in security: Android phones under siege, smartwatch security under fire

Investments in security research could be threatened by new laws criminalising exports of cryptographic technology, an Australian Defence Force cybersecurity executive has warned. Yet other areas are progressing smoothly, such as an RMIT-CA Labs research project that received backing from the Australian Research Council to explore development of methods of user authentication that persist throughout the user's session.

Anthony Doesburg and David Watson | 03 Aug | Read more

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The Internet of Robotic Things: Secure, harmless helpers or vulnerable, vicious foes?

Experts say robots will be commonplace in 10 years. "Many respondents see advances in [artificial intelligence] and robotics pervading nearly every aspect of daily life by the year 2025--from distant manufacturing processes to the most mundane household activities," says Aaron Smith, senior researcher, The Pew Research Center's Internet Project, speaking of the several experts quoted in his "Predictions for the State of AI and Robotics in 2025".

David Geer | 24 Jan | Read more

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A move towards cyber resilience in a world without borders

Late last year, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission chairperson, Greg Medcraft called for Australia to focus on "cyber resilience" to prevent destabilisation of financial markets. Coincidentally, a day later, the Australian Government announced the formation of a cyber security expert panel to review the nation’s cyber security efforts. This came in the wake of the Australian Signals Directorate reporting a 37 per cent increase in cyber security incidents on the previous year.

John Ellis | 15 Jun | Read more

The DARK Web

Recently I started to use alternative search tools such as Duck, Duck Go and my old old favorite Yahoo. Why? Well I just was wary about all the information that is being collected by Google, and just wanted to see what it was like to revert to another tool.

David Gee | 01 Jun | Read more

Making the Best of BYOx

A mere handful of years ago, many of us were jealous of that one friend or coworker who was flashing their new iPhone, a mysterious gadget we couldn’t wait to get our hands on. Fast forward to the present, less than a decade later, it seems everyone you know owns a shiny new ultrathin phablet. Billions of people worldwide use smartphones, tablets, or phablets to run their personal and professional lives. They go with us everywhere, from bedside to kitchen table to workplace. This rapid rise of consumerised mobile technology has upended everything from our most intimate relationships to broader cultural dynamics.

Steve Durbin | 20 May | Read more

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