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Worst yet to come as WannaCry ransomware teaches hard lessons on the dangers of skimping on patching

Australians may have avoided the worst of the weekend’s massive WannaCry ransomware attack, which hit over 200,000 users and disabled businesses around the world over the weekend, but experts are warning that businesses that don’t double down on their cybersecurity defences may be T-boned as the first-generation ‘kill switch’ weakness is fixed and new variants of the ransomware worm are unleashed into the wild.

David Braue | 15 May | Read more

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The security suite guide 2010

Just a few short years ago, all a PC needed for protection was a basic antivirus program to guard against any malware that arrived via an e-mail attachment, embedded in a shareware application or piggy-backed on a floppy disk.

Frank J. Ohlhorst | 18 Aug | Read more

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In pictures: PM launches cyber safety program

Prime Minister Julia Gillard was on hand in Sydney this week to launch a new cyber education module called bCyberwise. Developed by Life Education and McAfee, the program is designed to teach primary school students about online dangers such as becoming `friends' with strangers and cyber bullying. The program will be rolled out to Australian schools from 4 February.

Hamish Barwick | 17 Jan | Read more

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2011's biggest security snafus

Perhaps it was an omen of what was to come when the city of San Francisco on New Year's Eve 2010 couldn't get a backup system running in its Emergency Operations Center because no one knew the password.

Ellen Messmer | 02 Dec | Read more

Guide: How to bulletproof your website

'Tis the season to begin ramping up online shopping activity, and for retailers that means doing all they can to ensure their websites are up, highly available and able to handle peak capacity. Looming in many IT managers' minds is the cautionary tale of Target, whose website crashed twice after it was inundated by an unprecedented number of online shoppers when the retailer began selling clothing and accessories from high-end Italian fashion company Missoni.

Esther Shein | 29 Nov | Read more

Security breach

No company wants to be associated with a data breach, but if your systems are compromised the fallout can sometimes be more damaging than the act itself.

Matt Rodgers | 22 Sep | Read more

Penetration Testing

This is a real issue, and not just one for the well publicised attacks on major corporations such as Sony, Lockheed, Google, and Citi. It affects every business and organisation, large and small. More worrying still, it is now widely suggested that hackers and espionage organisations are moving away from directly attacking their target company, choosing instead to route their attack through suppliers to their target. Thus, even small and seemingly innocuous “third party” businesses who would not consider themselves as potential targets are now on the front line of this cyber war.

Malcolm Higgins | 13 Jul | Read more

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​Adaptive Security Architecture: Enhancing Your Security

Today, an array of ‘Security Innovation’ is happening. There has never been a time where there is more security innovation, and more security spend, as companies and corporations face greater chances of being cyber attacked. There is a new world we must secure - devices, apps (traditional and cloud native) and the cloud (managed, private and public).

Nathan Lowe | 18 May | Read more

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