Don’t be the next headline. New report finds 291 records breached per second in H1 2018

Posted by Craig McDonald on 19 October 2018 15:30:55 AEDT

Released last week, Gemalto’s Breach Level Index found that over 4.5 billion data records were breached in the first half of this year - up 1,751% from the same time last year. That translates to 291 data records being breached per second in the first half of 2018.

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CEOs need to make cybersecurity part of corporate culture

Posted by Craig McDonald on 21 September 2018 09:22:52 AEST

What is cybersecurity?
If you walked around your office and asked people that question, what sort of answers do you think, you’d get?

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The hacking tactics in Mueller indictment are used in crime daily

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 10 September 2018 11:44:00 AEST

The worlds of politics and cybercrime collided in 2016 when Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign HQ was infiltrated by hackers. The incident led to the exposure of thousands of sensitive private documents, a storm of controversy and potentially, the disruption of the US democratic process.

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Business-targeted cybercrime surging in Australia says PWC report

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 07 September 2018 11:39:45 AEST

In the last two years, 45% of Australian companies were attacked by online criminals.

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Is your cybersecurity budget well spent? Or are you missing the target?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 27 August 2018 10:47:21 AEST

The image many businesspeople have of cybercrime is a teenager with a grubby hoody hunched over a laptop hammering code into a flickering screen that’s like something out of The Matrix. The imaginary teen finds a backdoor into a bank’s server admin page, and typing like fury beats the computer in a showdown of quick-draw typing.

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Domain spoofing: how hackers hijack companies online

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 24 August 2018 11:49:31 AEST

When hackers set about breaking into a company’s computers, they start with phishing emails. Their objective is to get one person inside their target company to click a link to a fake website they’ve set up and enter their email password.

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Could your business handle a cyber-attack this afternoon?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 23 August 2018 09:50:14 AEST

"Raise the topic of cybersecurity with any board of directors. They would all probably agree it’s a very important issue, but it’s rare that they would all agree what to do about it. Just asking a few pointed questions can create a lot of energy:
How well prepared are you for a sophisticated cyber attack this afternoon?”

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Smaller companies are “vulnerable targets”: Australian cybersecurity chief

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 22 August 2018 12:56:12 AEST

There has been a 2500% increase in the sale of cybercrime kits on the dark-web since 2016, said Angus Taylor MP, Australian Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security in a recent interview.
Taylor expressed his concern about this surge in online criminal activity. He noted that there has been “a high take-up of digital technologies” by Australian companies, but about 30% of smaller companies have inadequate cybersecurity measures in place. 

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Email fraud up 46% on 2017: businesses losing $ billions

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 15 August 2018 09:58:41 AEST

Claire, an intern at a small legal firm, sits down at her desk after getting back from a hasty, late lunch. She gulps her coffee and flicks open her email inbox: 37 new messages. She rubs her temples and begins to work her way through the backlog that piled up during her 15-minute lunch break.

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Medical sector facing a new kind of plague

Posted by Craig McDonald on 10 August 2018 14:25:58 AEST

I had a group of friends over for dinner a couple of weeks ago, one of whom is a doctor. She arrived late and apologised, saying that she’d been stuck late at work because the clinic computer system was hacked and her appointment schedule was all messed up.

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If your inbox isn’t secure your business is at risk

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 08 August 2018 10:03:38 AEST

When you consider how central email is to daily business operations, it’s not surprising, that it’s become the most damaging weapon in the cybercrime arsenal.
Every business still relies on email to do the majority of their daily communication. Everything from stationery orders to corporate mergers is organised and negotiated through the humble inbox.

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Email: the skeleton key to your company’s data & dollars

Posted by Craig McDonald on 16 July 2018 10:33:31 AEST
  • Phishing
  • Brandjacking
  • CEO fraud

All these kinds of cybercrime are perpetrated using email as their primary vector.

Every business is constantly sending and receiving emails, it’s part of the background noise of everyday work, so it’s a powerful tool for criminals who want to slip under the wire and attack a company from the inside out.

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How hard/easy is it to defraud your company?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 07 June 2018 14:23:59 AEST


You have your solicitor look over contracts before they’re signed.
Your accountant examines your books to find any irregularities.
There are checks and balances in place to monitor purchases, invoicing, payroll and transactions of every kind.
You’re confident that your company’s financial integrity is well protected, but what about the online realm?

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Cybersecurity: a quick-start guide for businesspeople

Posted by Craig McDonald on 04 June 2018 11:49:46 AEST


There’s a lot about online crime that’s ambiguous and confusing, but the damage it’s doing is all too clear. Recent research figures released by the FBI and reports from independent cybersecurity experts estimate that the damage bill from cybercrime in 2018 will reach more than
US$12 billion dollars.

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Cybersecurity insurance: only half of businesses have it

Posted by Craig McDonald on 01 June 2018 15:53:18 AEST


The
Wall Street Journal has published an interesting article quoting Warren Buffett talking about cybersecurity insurance and his view that it is a bad risk.

Speaking at a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. meeting, Buffett said: “We can figure the probability of a quake or a hurricane but don’t know as much in cyber. It’s uncharted territory on the insurance side and will get worse, not better.”

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