Security Awareness


AusCERT 2013: Companies unaware of IPv6 security risk even if they’re not using it

By David Braue | 24 May, 2013 15:17

Software vendors’ proactive approach to IPv6 has created a glaring security hole for companies that think they haven’t activated the next-generation Internet addressing protocol yet, Cisco Systems consulting security engineer Stefan Avgoustakis has warned.

AFP takes cyber safety to the people

By Hamish Barwick | 14 March, 2013 11:36

A multi-faceted approach covering law enforcement, education and user vigilance is vital for cyber safety in Australia to succeed according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Data breach: Only 16 per cent self-identified

By Liam Tung | 08 February, 2012 13:26 | 1 Comment

Only 16 per cent of organisations that faced a breach in 2011 detected it prior to a notification by a third party, according to an analysis of investigations conducted last year by Trustwave's SpiderLabs security team.

Security culture begins at the top

By Wayne Chung | 02 February, 2012 11:03 | 6 Comments

What’s the most important factor of a successful security program? Technology such as endpoint protection? Making sure your change management processes and system development life cycle includes consideration of security risks? Strong policies? Not quite.

Super-threats: The Six Steps You Need to Take to Protect Your Business

By Patrick Eijkenboom | 17 January, 2012 15:06 | 2 Comments

Within the past year, we've witnessed a number of highly publicised attacks that have forever changed our notion of just how lethal malware can be. Sure, we always have known that viruses and worms can be dangerous, but we've just witnessed just how effective malware and orchestrated attacks can be at targeting high profile organisations. First, we have the Operation Aurora attacks that started with Google and also targeted companies such as Adobe Systems, Juniper Networks, Rackspace, Yahoo, Symantec, Northrop Grumman and Dow Chemical.


9 tips, tricks and must-haves for security awareness programs

By Joan Goodchild | 21 June, 2013 14:53

What are the essential ingredients for making a security awareness program successful? Check out these 9 tips from CSO contributors on how to make awareness work in your organization.


Nasty Ruby on Rails vulnerabilities highlight small websites' risk to us all

By Stilgherrian | 11 January, 2013 09:00 | 1 Comment

The revelation of serious long-term vulnerabilities in the popular Ruby on Rails web programming framework is just one of three events in the last 72 hours that have convinced me that improvement in web application security is impossible -- unless both developers and business managers seriously lift their game.

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Security Awareness Tip

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!).

  1. Have an incident response plan.

  2. Pre-define your incident response team 

  3. Define your approach: watch and learn or contain and recover.

  4. Pre-distribute call cards.

  5. Forensic and incident response data capture.

  6. Get your users on-side.

  7. Know how to report crimes and engage law enforcement. 

  8. Practice makes perfect.

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

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.