ANALYSIS The Federal Government needs to take a serious look at beefing up its law on data breaches considering the way in which companies refuse to divulge whether their clients data is at risk, with a prime case being Australian money management firm MyBudget.
One year since the Australian Government put in place a data breach notification law, the only visible change is that the workload of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has increased - it has to issue quarterly breach list, But nobody is any the wiser as to how the man in the street is affected by the various breaches that are reported periodically.
If human resources outfit PageUp People's chief executive and co-founder Karen Cariss is to be believed, then whoever it was that breached the company's networks and encountered a very tasty mass of data, left it completely untouched. If only all hackers were as benevolent!
Human resources firm PageUp People has blamed its PR agency for its failure in media management following a massive data breach that it reported in June, but has not revealed any technical details of the investigation into the breach that the company instituted.
Last year, human resources firm PageUp People was reported to be considering a listing on the Australian Stock Exchange. But given this year's massive data breach and the subsequent fallout, it would probably be a safe bet that the company has put those plans in cold storage.
Human resources outfit PageUp People, which was hit by a massive data leak that it made public in June, apparently has been receiving post-breach advice from the local office of the biggest PR agency in the world – Edelman.
"If there's one thing worse than a bungle, it's a cover-up. And if there's one thing worse than a cover-up, it's being caught covering up." Wise words those, from the authors of a small, but very useful, book on data breaches and how to manage them.
Companies involved in 14 major recent data breaches in Australia and the rest of the world — including human resources outfit PageUp People — did not even achieve a passing grade for the way in which they handled post-breach communications, the authors of a new book on breaches say.
It has taken less than six months for the Australian data breach legislation to be shown up as an eyewash, with the data breach at human resource company PageUp People illustrating the shortcomings of the law which some had hailed as being akin to the second coming.
Only one data breach of 242 reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner in the April-June quarter affected more than a million individuals and up to 10 million, according to the OAIC's quarterly data breach report issued on Tuesday.
Human resources outfit PageUp People has been publishing information about a massive data breach it suffered on a section of its website, but not linking to it from its home page.
Australian authorities may have decided not to fully disclose details of the data breach at human resources outfit PageUp People as it is the first major breach to be revealed, and the processes followed could set a precedent for others that follow, an expert in cyber security and law says.
There are some similarities between the two Australian companies whose defences were breached recently: human resources outfit PageUp People and e-conveyancing platform PEXA.
It has been nine days since the human resources software supplier PageUp People issued an update on the massive breach that it announced on 6 June, after having noticed an intrusion on 23 May.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has advised that it will not be using the recruitment software services provided by PageUp People until issues around the data breach suffered by the company are sorted.
Supermarket group ALDI has become the latest Australian business to suspend the use of its online recruitment system following the data breach at the human resources outfit PageUp People.
Human resources outfit PageUp People, which had claimed after it was hit by a massive data breach that user authentication data had been encrypted, has now changed its tune and says that passwords set up before 2007 were stored in clear text.
Monash University has disabled its systems that use human resources outfit PageUp People to manage recruitment and other human resource activities after last week's breach announcement and has not reinstated it.
The data breach at human resources outfit PageUp People has resulted in the leaking of names, street addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers among others, the company has said in an update on Tuesday.
HR company PageUp People has suffered a huge data breach due to a malware infection and could have leaked details of personnel from a number of companies which are its clients: the Commonwealth Bank. the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Telstra, NAB, Coles, Aldi, Medibank, Australia Post, Target, Reserve Bank of Australia, Officeworks, Kmart, Linfox, AMP, Asahi, Sony, Newcrest, the University of Tasmania and Lindt.
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