The week in security: The Notifiable Data Breaches scheme is here. Did you make the deadline?

The notifiable data breaches (NDB) scheme kicked into effect this week, but days before it became law there were signs that a majority of business still don’t understand it.

Faced with growing scrutiny of their data-protection habits, there were warnings for companies not to overcompensate by haphazardly introducing employee-monitoring technologies.

There were analyses of the scheme’s likely outcomes, expectations that it was a game-changer and concerns that its wording is too vague to change much.

Intel shipped new patches for the Spectre hardware bug, while a Cisco vulnerability was revealed that allows some of the company’s products to be breached using a blank password.

Apple changed a Safari privacy features that ‘breaks’ Facebook’s Like button, while Google said that kernel and Windows 10 security bypasses were fixed in February’s Patch Tuesday.

Such fixes will be crucial in minimising exposure to a global cyber war that, experts warn, reflects a new normal when it comes to cybersecurity.

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