The week in security: 50,000 reasons why Australians’ personal data is still far from protected

Even as a major breach of Australians’ private financial and personal information reinforced the need for better visibility of network activity, the discovery in the street of a USB stick containing 2.5GB of sensitive airport security and anti-terrorism measures had UK authorities concerned.

Another recent breach highlighted the rate at which Australian organisations continue to kick own-goals when it comes to deficient security practices.

Australia Post cybersecurity consultants shared their approach to delivering what they say is solid progress towards engaging users around cybersecurity education.

At the same time, many companies are educating themselves around the use of artificial intelligence to improve cybersecurity response – particularly as financial-services companies embrace AI to fight rising fraud levels.

It’s all part of the ongoing trend towards improving cyber resilience, which has pushed cybersecurity concerns into the business sphere – where they will stay permanently.

Microsoft added anti-phishing features to Outlook for its Office 365 users, even as security consultants worried about a potential ’cyber hurricane’ called Reaper, which some worried could cause problems across the world.

An analysis of phishing kit vendors’ business models found that many vendors backdoor the software they sell.

Yet they aren’t the only ones introducing vulnerabilities: despite their efforts to secure other parts of their networks, many companies continue to install insecure Internet of Things (IoT) devices in a practice that defies common sense and has, as one security expert puts it, “poisoned” the Internet.

Speaking of poor security practices, an analysis of users’ password practices found that the average employee is juggling far more password-protected accounts than you probably ever thought.

This can help nobody except the cybercriminals preying on them – but it will also drive the operators of those services to boost their own games around security. Facebook, for one, is set to double the size of its security team in the wake of revelations Russia had been systematically abusing the system.

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