Business Priorities 2018: What are CEOs Thinking About?

By Craig McDonald on 22 January 2018 10:56:03 AEDT


These are interesting times to be in business. The fastest pace of industrial development in history. Huge opportunities. Huge risks. An economic environment that rewards innovation but is also incredibly volatile.

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Vacation Time: A Chance to Think Outside the Box

By Craig McDonald on 09 January 2018 13:31:49 AEDT

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“During the holiday season, it's easy to forget that sometimes the best gift of all is simply the gift of time.” -
Kate Klise - author and journalist.

I’ve just come back from a holiday break with my family. It was a welcome opportunity to focus on my loved ones, but it was also gave me some time for reflection.

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Cybersecurity: a Multi-Layered Strategy is Required

By Craig McDonald on 02 January 2018 14:57:57 AEDT


One of the biggest challenges we face dealing with cybersecurity is the way it’s perceived as an IT issue. The reality is that cybercrime exploits gaps in security at every level. Criminals use every means available to them to penetrate a company’s defences: telephone calls; fake documents; and identity theft.

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1 Fraudulent Email = $1 Million Lost

By Craig McDonald on 28 December 2017 10:48:37 AEDT


There’s a striking cybercrime case in the headlines this week involving email fraud.

John Kahlbetzer - one of the richest people in Australia according to Forbes - lost AU$1 million in a scam that was as simple as it was effective.

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Uber: Paying-Off Cybercriminals was a Wrong Turn

By Craig McDonald on 06 December 2017 13:24:48 AEDT


The shocking news about Uber’s data breach woes just keeps on coming. After reading Stephen Little’s
Independent article ‘Uber data leak hit 2.7m UK customers’ I felt compelled to break my silence on this issue.

I don’t like to heap criticism on an already embattled company, but the latest revelations about Uber’s unethical behaviour has made them fair game for critique, I think. Uber’s handling of their ongoing cybercrime crisis has landed them in a situation where they are now dealing with a legal battle and a public relations meltdown as well.

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Mentoring, Leadership & Cybercrime Boom Time - Weekly ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 01 December 2017 16:44:41 AEDT


Here's a roundup of this weeks articles on the MailGuard Blog. It's been a busy week here, especially for our CEO Craig McDonald, who managed to fit a mentoring workshop and a leadership interview with Prof. Gary Martin into his schedule...

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Caution: LinkedIn Messages delivering Fake Dropbox Scam

By Craig McDonald on 30 November 2017 16:25:55 AEDT


I’ve received a number of messages on LinkedIn over the last 24 hours that rang alarm bells. At first glance they looked like ordinary notes from my contacts, but then I noticed they were all asking me to click on an unfamiliar link

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Webinar: How to Protect Against Evolving Cybercrime

By Emmanuel Marshall on 30 November 2017 11:02:42 AEDT


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Cybercrime is impacting 9 out of 10 businesses. According to a recent study by
PwC, it is the number one economic crime in Australia, and number two globally. This is a risk management challenge of huge proportions.

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Leadership in a Cybercrime Minefield

By Craig McDonald on 29 November 2017 14:48:48 AEDT


An Interview with Prof. Gary Martin of AIM WA


I recently spoke at a leadership forum organised by the Australian Institute of Management, Western Australia (AIM WA). In my talk, I invited the audience to consider the real and immediate threat that cybercrime poses to business, not only in terms of potential losses but at the level where it can be a threat to a company’s very existence.

Following-up on the AIM WA forum I interviewed Professor Gary Martin. Gary is CEO and Executive Director of AIM WA, and is hands-on in making their forums happen.

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Holiday Retail Season is Boom Time for Cybercriminals

By Craig McDonald on 28 November 2017 16:04:02 AEDT


The most profitable time of year for retailers is right now - between the North American ‘Thanksgiving’ and new-year. When business is booming, cybercriminals are busy too. The
holiday season creates a perfect storm for criminals. Retail companies are doing billions in transactions and during the silly season there’s more work to do during the same hours. Everyone is overworked and under pressure, which is the perfect environment for scams to be executed.

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MailGuard CEO Craig McDonald Mentoring Aussie Startups

By Emmanuel Marshall on 27 November 2017 16:26:49 AEDT


Today, Craig McDonald - CEO and Founder of MailGuard - hosted a Q and A session for
Cyrise program participants at the MailGuard offices in Melbourne.

Cyrise is a venture accelerator focused on facilitating the development of Asia-Pacific based cybersecurity startups. Cyrise runs 6 month mentor-driven programs in Melbourne.

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Business Owners Hunted - There's Blood in the Water

By Craig McDonald on 22 November 2017 14:20:12 AEDT

 

Over the years, working with people in the cybersecurity field and talking to them about their experiences I’ve heard some hair-raising stories.

Last year I was at a business leaders conference in Singapore, and I got talking to a guy who had learned the hard way how destructive cybercrime can be.

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GDPR + NDB: Tough Cybersecurity Laws - Weekly ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 17 November 2017 15:27:11 AEDT

 

It's been a non-stop week at MailGuard with multiple brandjacking, phishing and malware scams detected and blocked by our threat detection engines.

Our CEO, Craig McDonald wrote an insightful article for the blog on Monday explaining the potential impact of the new EU's GDPR regime. Craig will be speaking at the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Western Australia next week, discussing the challenges cybersecurity presents to business leaders.

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Craig McDonald to Speak about Cybercrime Prevention at ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 17 November 2017 13:57:58 AEDT

 

On Tuesday (21 Nov) MailGuard's CEO Craig McDonald - author of ‘Surviving the Rise of Cybercrime’ - will be speaking at a leadership seminar hosted by the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIM WA).

The AIM is an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to facilitating thought leadership in the management sphere.

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New NDB Data-Security Regime: Is Your Business Ready?

By Emmanuel Marshall on 14 November 2017 16:26:27 AEDT


Thanks to the global online marketplace, businesses can find customers, manage workforces and accept payments more easily than ever before.

Australians are embracing the internet as a place to do business in record numbers and that’s great news, as long as everything works smoothly. Email, e-commerce and cloud storage platforms have become the foundation of day-to-day business activity, but they also create opportunities for infiltration and fraud. The problem that businesses face, trading online, is the risk of data breaches; valuable information falling into the wrong hands.

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