Like all law enforcement agencies, the Suffolk County Police Department needed to provide its field officers – intelligence officers in particular – with quick, seamless access to its central database through a VPN connection. For such officers, the ability to quickly obtain information on a suspect or developing situation can be the difference between a successful arrest and a failed one, or even between life and death. Therein lay the problem: in order to comply with strict IT security regulations, any device that connects to a police database must use two-factor authentication; a username and password simply aren’t enough.
Email fraud is nothing new, but online criminals have become ever more-effective at spoofing their identities to trick employees into sending them money. The Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACSC) recorded losses of over $20M to business email compromise (BEC) attacks last year alone, up 230 percent over the previous year – and the full amount is certain to be much larger.
Cybersecurity Insights - Attack
No matter how robust your security, or how diligent your employees, network credentials are a free pass for cybercriminals. This is mostly because employees are relied upon for their own password management. And with more than 4.8 billion sets of stolen credentials said to be available online, odds are that at least a few of your employees’ user IDs and passwords are just waiting to be used by unscrupulous outsiders. Are you ready to stop them?
Cybersecurity Insights - People
Cyber resilience will be particularly important as Australian organisations face increased pressure to quickly detect, respond to, and manage the repercussions of breaches in the wake of 2018’s Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme.