The week in security: Risk comes in many forms – but can you see them all?

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Has your curiosity been piqued by visions of self-flying passenger drones? They’re coming to Australia soon – but what risks could they pose?

Risk evaluation is a core part of the job when it comes to cybersecurity, of course – which is why Microsoft and all manner of security analyst are warning that the public release of a major Windows exploit could spell disaster for unpatched systems everywhere.

Also threatening was Magecart, a web skimming group that has, security researchers warn, been targeting public hotspots and mobile users.

Be careful when relying on those users to keep you safe: with more than half of respondents to a new survey reporting they have had personal or financial data compromised, it’s clear they aren’t as good at security as they want you to believe.

Establishment of a Canberra node has expanded the reach of industry development group AustCyber, promising new engagement with the space, defence, and education sectors.

It will also potentially catalyse new relationships with those working to keep elections secure – an issue that US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Christopher Krebs believes must be addressed with a “more measured, more reasonable” discussion about election infrastructure risks.

Businesses often talk about good governance, but security leaders are increasingly aware that the value of governance is compromised unless it’s administered across the entire organisation – and that means improving network visibility.

Successful security, of course, also requires other capabilities – for example, resolution of cloud-security skills shortages, better efforts to create a secure workplace, and driving organisational success by leveraging cloud, culture, confidence, and talent.

Meanwhile, a study concluded that Russia was spending up on hacking groups, while Microsoft pushed out a patch for an Internet Explorer flaw that was already being exploited in the wild.

Microsoft also revealed the pricing for its cloud-based Azure Sentinel SIEM service, while Cisco was coping with a “9.9 out of 10” severity flaw in its major network routers.

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