Craig McDonald

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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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Navigating the ransomware payout dilemma: Garmin’s story  

Posted by Craig McDonald on 21 August 2020 12:42:49 AEST

If your company has been hit by a ransomware attack, would you pay the ransom?  

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Scams Awareness Week 2020: Let’s think smarter and safer about the data we’re sharing

Posted by Craig McDonald on 21 August 2020 12:41:54 AEST

This week marks Scams Awareness Week, an annual national public awareness campaign by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) dedicated to reducing the impact of cyber scams in Australia. This year, the campaign aims to shine a light on the dangers of threat-based impersonation scams and to empower people to protect their personal and financial information.

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Warning: Massive phishing campaigns are targeting millions of Office 365 users worldwide. Here’s how you can protect your business.

Posted by Craig McDonald on 14 July 2020 18:06:56 AEST

Office 365 users are prime targets of criminal-intent email threats, and this continues to be reinforced by recent reports of massive phishing campaigns threatening to cause catastrophic damage to businesses.

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80% of Australian companies believe their cybersecurity investments are ‘failing’, according to Accenture survey. How can we keep our businesses protected?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 25 June 2020 13:28:23 AEST

Why are some business owners still not paying attention and underestimating a real business risk? A staggering 80% of Australian companies believe their cybersecurity investments are ‘failing’.

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Cyber-attacks on Toll Group, BlueScope, Service NSW are “just the tip of the iceberg”: Alastair MacGibbon

Posted by Craig McDonald on 26 May 2020 11:06:53 AEST

In a year already marred by natural and biological crises, cybersecurity failures remain a critical threat. 

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Is your business ready to defend itself from sinister scams this EOFY?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 19 May 2020 14:05:59 AEST

Tax refunds supposedly from national taxation bodies. Requests to verify accounts from well-known banks via a link. Attachments containing delayed invoices from suppliers. 

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Sex(tortion), Lies and Videotape – the seedy depths of cybercrime

Posted by Craig McDonald on 01 May 2020 12:11:07 AEST

“I am a hacker who has access to your operating system. I also have full access to your account. I’ve been watching you for a few months now. The fact is that you were impacted with malware through an adult site that you visited.”

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How cyber-resilient is your business? The ACSC says even “Australian Govt. still requires further improvement to meet the rapidly evolving cyber security threat environment.”

Posted by Craig McDonald on 27 April 2020 13:24:39 AEST

In its report to Parliament in March, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) stated that Commonwealth entities continue to improve their cyber security; however, ongoing effort is required to maintain the currency and effectiveness of cyber security measures.

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Remote working & keeping you safe from cybercrime: Top questions answered

Posted by Craig McDonald on 16 April 2020 14:21:07 AEST

It’s been several weeks since many companies (mine included) implemented a remote working policy to keep our employees safe in light of the evolving COVID-19 situation.

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