Craig McDonald

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The anatomy of a phishing email scam: How social engineering techniques trick users

Posted by Craig McDonald on 17 June 2021 16:19:05 AEST

A personalised and targeted email, an opportune offer and the impersonation of multiple brands – some of the techniques employed by cybercriminals in a phishing email scam that resulted in a property buyer losing thousands of dollars as part of a ‘deposit’, supposedly for his new apartment.

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Ransomware: To pay or not to pay? 5 factors to consider

Posted by Craig McDonald on 28 May 2021 09:00:41 AEST

Your business data is being held hostage, encrypted with only your attackers holding the keys. So, do you pay up the ransom, or try to recover without handing over company profits to cybercriminals?

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The dreaded 3am phone call: Lessons from the cyber-attack on Nine Entertainment Co.

Posted by Craig McDonald on 13 April 2021 09:31:14 AEST

It’s been called the “largest cyber-attack on a media company in Australia's history," something that has never been seen before in the country. 

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Cybersecurity in 2021: Trusting in Zero Trust

Posted by Craig McDonald on 23 March 2021 16:17:11 AEDT

Commenting on paradigm shifts in cybersecurity in 2020, Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, SCI Business Development at Microsoft wrote: 

“As we look past the pandemic to a time when workforces and budgets rebound, Zero Trust will become the biggest area of investment for cybersecurity. This means, that right now, every one of us is on a Zero Trust journey—whether we know it, or not.” 

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First Blackbaud, then SolarWinds. Supply chain cyber-attacks are proliferating – how secure is your business?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 25 February 2021 11:43:59 AEDT

In the final weeks of 2020, news of the SolarWinds hack broke – a cyber-attack that has been dubbed as “the Pearl Harbor of American IT”.   

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FTC: Reports related to identity theft doubled in 2020. This Identity Theft Awareness Week, let’s renew our efforts to protect our business data.

Posted by Craig McDonald on 05 February 2021 13:58:16 AEDT

This week marks Identity Theft Awareness Week, a public awareness campaign by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dedicated to mitigating the impact of identity theft. The week comprises a series of events organized by the FTC and its partners that focus on reducing the risk of identity theft and on concrete steps to recover if identity theft occurs.

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New year, (not so) new cyber threats: Is your business’ remote working policy ready to tackle the security challenges of 2021, and beyond?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 28 January 2021 09:21:30 AEDT

Among other things, 2020 reminded us how fundamental cybersecurity is to business continuity.

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Aussie firms under attack: 3 ways cybercriminals are exploiting your team’s trust

Posted by Craig McDonald on 11 December 2020 12:18:45 AEDT

Earlier this year, I wrote about the need for Australian businesses to step up their efforts in defending themselves from Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks.

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Staying Cyber Safe in 2021 & Beyond: Key insights from Microsoft leaders  

Posted by Craig McDonald on 27 November 2020 13:32:15 AEDT

One of the biggest challenges in cybersecurity is keeping up with the new attacks that criminals are creating.

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‘Tis the season to be phished: 4 cyber tips for your employees as Black Friday & Cyber Monday sales begin

Posted by Craig McDonald on 25 November 2020 14:42:06 AEDT

In a year gutted by a worldwide pandemic, the 2020 year-end holiday and shopping season will be unlike any other.

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Cyber villains are thriving IRL: Towards our digital future, are we there yet?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 20 October 2020 12:42:49 AEDT

Neil Stephenson imagined a meta-verse in his 1992 novel, Snow Crash. A vision of an interactive computer-generated reality or virtual world. A fully immersive persistent experience that we are all plugged into. Maybe we’re not there yet, but we are far closer today than we were pre-pandemic, and it’s a scary peak into the future power that cyber villains may wield.

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5 cyber reminders to share with your employees this Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Posted by Craig McDonald on 12 October 2020 17:24:25 AEDT

It’s October again, an important month on the cybersecurity calendar as the world marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM).

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Data breach fatigue is real. Stay vigilant & look for lessons to be more cyber-resilient

Posted by Craig McDonald on 24 September 2020 16:47:38 AEST

Service NSW confirms 180,000 customers' personal details exposed in cyber security breach 
A cyber-crime is reported every ten minutes in Australia 
NAB flags cyber-attacks during the pandemic have intensified 

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Thinking of adopting a Zero Trust approach to security for your business? Read this first.

Posted by Craig McDonald on 17 September 2020 09:10:14 AEST

Suzanne Collins, author of the famous trilogy, The Hunger Games, once wrote: “For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”  

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The cyber silver lining following a year we would rather forget

Posted by Craig McDonald on 27 August 2020 11:48:55 AEST

In a year we would all rather forget; an unfortunate side effect has been a rise in ransomware incidents and opportunistic cyber-attacks. Our current situation has been unexpectedly thrust upon us, forcing a rapid change to our ways of working, and a more vulnerable remote workforce. One positive that’s close to my own heart though, is a growing awareness of cybercrime, and a shared responsibility across the entire organisation from the Board and the CEO, through to the front line, to boost cyber resilience.

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