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Optus undertakes extensive security review as sanction for “significant” privacy breaches

Number-two telecommunications company SingTel Optus will undergo a wide ranging, independent review of its information-security systems after working with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to finalise an enforceable undertaking relating to what privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has called three “significant” breaches of customer privacy last year.

David Braue | 31 Mar | Read more

The week in security: Now law in Australia, data retention challenged overseas

It was a banner week for the handling of personal information, with Australia's controversial metadata retention laws becoming law after Labor capitulated on its previous opposition to the legislation. Similar issues were at the fore in the US – where numerous technology companies pressed the US government to stop its collection of metadata – and Europe, where Dutch telcos were ordered to delete data retained under previous data-retention laws after they were found to be unconstitutional. And the EU's high court wasset to revisit the ability of US companies to handle the zealously-protected personal information of EU citizens.

David Braue | 30 Mar | Read more

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Reviews

WatchGuard XCS770R Email Security Appliance Review

In order to improve productivity and minimise risk, most organisations need a reliable method of protecting their employees from unwanted email (spam) and malicious software (malware). In addition, it is also necessary to protect the corporate network by restricting access to inappropriate content.

Enex Testlab | 22 Jun | Read more

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In Pictures: CSO's Identity Driven Access Management Round Table

It's the centenary of the commencement of World War One. Back then, there were borders to protect. The soldiers knew who they were fighting and there were very few incursions where one side crossed a border undetected. Today's battles are different. The bad guys are stealing the good guys’ passwords and identities to get access to whatever they want. And they often wait weeks or even months before revealing their true objectives.

Abigail Swabey | 22 Oct | Read more

Barack Obama’s security circus arrives in Oz: In Pictures

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.

Neerav Bhatt | 18 Nov | Read more

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Opinion:Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) Melbourne – an extraordinary collaboration for good

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.

Jane Treadwell | 14 Jul | Read more

Cloud security: how to protect your data

To use Cloud computing securely requires companies to know where their data is stored and who has access to it. Ironically, the reason Cloud is so popular is because organisations don't want to worry about these details. So can the issue be solved by adhering to standards? Increasing legislation? Maybe we need a global technical disaster to ‘sober up’ an industry drunk on the power of Moore's Law.

CSO staff | 14 Jun | Read more

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Tackling the human element of cyber security

The number and complexity of cyber-attacks has been increasing steadily over the last decade. Many adversaries are targeting the communications and information systems of organisations to extract large amounts of sensitive data, often hijacking insider credentials as a preferred method of breach. Identity has become today’s biggest security gap.

Dean Nicholls | 31 Mar | Read more

10.5 Tips to Protect Your Magento Store from Smart Hacker

E-commerce and financial websites stand first in the list of possible victims of cyber crime, as these websites deal with the monetary transactions. Being one of the most popular ecommerce platforms, Magento is also under threat of hacking attacks and unauthorized logins. Magento comes with various built-in security features, still there is always more that can be done in order to protect your online store from the smart hackers. With rich expertise in enhancing Magento security, I want to share with you some tips that will help you to protect your online store and keep hackers at bay.

Linda Phillips | 31 Mar | Read more

The Next Generation of Assessing Information Risk

Digital information is the heart of today’s organisations. It’s growing exponentially, and its effective use and management is directly linked to the continued success of the modern enterprise. However, digital technologies and global interconnection have introduced a significant number of new risks and greatly amplified existing ones. There are now many significant, high-profile examples of information risks being realised, and their impacts continue to grow. Organisations simply must improve their management of information risk.

Steve Durbin | 30 Mar | Read more

The Active International Response to Cyber Crime

The international cyber-security versus cyber-crime battle is gathering pace and what we’re seeing is the formation of international alliances to fight this rising scourge. However, the online world is unlike any other, it will take more than a defensive mindset to win this battle.

Mark Gregory | 26 Mar | Read more

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