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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

DDoS Attacks Take Down RBS, Ulster Bank, and Natwest Online Systems

The Royal Bank of Scotland group of banks suffered nearly a <a href="">fifty minute outage</a> to their on-line banking systems today as a result of a Distributed Denial of Service Attack. The banks affected included, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), NatWest, and Ulster Bank. A spokesperson from NatWest said in a statement "The issues that some customers experienced accessing on-line banking this morning was due to a surge in internet traffic deliberately directed at the website. At no time was there any risk to customers. Customers experienced issues for around 50 minutes and this has now been resolved."

Brian Honan | 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

Black Hat 2015: Cracking just about anything

Researchers at the Black Hat 2015 conference this week will show how to crack Internet routing protocols, malware-detecting honeypots, radio-frequency ID gear that gates building access, and more, but also offer tips on how to avoid becoming victims to their new attacks.

Tim Greene | 01 Aug | Read more

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