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Should Government Contractors Be Legally Accountable for Failing to Meet Cybersecurity Standards?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 22 November 2021 16:06:50 AEDT

The verdict is in, most industry experts and business leaders agree that Government contractors should be legally accountable for not meeting cybersecurity standards. A somewhat harsh stance perhaps, or simply being cruel to be kind?

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Is Email Security a Priority for Leaders? The Poll Says 'No'

Posted by Craig McDonald on 04 November 2021 14:36:25 AEDT

The facts and figures are quite clear. We only need to look at the latest news headlines to witness the upwards trend of cyber threats that are facing individuals and organisations worldwide. From local councils to major corporations and government departments, no one is immune. We see evidence of this every day – from the recent cyber-attack in Melbourne, Australia, at the City of Stonnington Council, to Accenture’s $50 million dollar ransomware threat – cybersecurity is the number one threat facing businesses today. President Biden, in his address to the CEO’s of some of the largest corporations in the world, such as Google, Apple and JP Morgan Chase, urged leaders to up their commitment to cybersecurity, “The reality is that most of our critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, and the federal government can’t meet this challenge alone…You have the power, capacity and responsibility, I believe, to raise the bar on cybersecurity. Ultimately we’ve got a lot of work to do”. It’s becoming more apparent that a cyber resilient culture within businesses is imperative.

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Defending Cyber Threats: Have You Implemented the Baseline Essentials?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 26 October 2021 13:22:00 AEDT

Cybersecurity threats are at an all-time high and expected to intensify as we head into a new world of work, with a greater reliance on technology. Now, more than any other time in history, businesses need to have implemented, at the very least, baseline security measures, in order to be protected. As we near the end of 2021, and as our customers start gearing up for a more cyber resilient 2022, it can only be of benefit to review baseline cyber threat mitigation strategies to ensure we’re running a tight ship. 

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Preparing For A Cybersecurity Attack: Is Compromise Inevitable?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 20 September 2021 13:32:31 AEST

Compromise can happen to anyone. It’s no longer a case of ‘If a cyberattack hits my business’ but ‘A cyberattack will hit my business’. We have come a long way from the thinking that only certain types of businesses (or business functions) could be the recipient of a cyberattack. Most security professionals now assume that a breach is inevitable and prepare accordingly.

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To Pay a Ransom? The Debate Rages On

Posted by Craig McDonald on 02 August 2021 16:53:33 AEST

As I write this, the threat of Ransomware is rapidly on the rise. So much so that the Australian Federal Police has formed a task force - Operation Orcus - following in the footsteps of the US Government, in an attempt to combat the specialised criminal infrastructure that is wreaking havoc across large scale organisations here and globally. High profile victims such as Nine Entertainment, JBS and Uniting Care, along with the recent Kaseya interception have been making headlines and may continue to do so without superior intelligence targeting organised crime groups.  

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