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GUEST OPINION by Pavan Thatha, Radware: The data sought by cybercriminals vary from one vertical to another, whether banking credentials, medical records, pricing information or confidential research, to name just a few.

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GUEST OPINION By Mark Padginton, Key Account Manager JAMF: Most Australian businesses have deployed tools and services to improve their IT security, yet many remain vulnerable due to one key factor: human beings.

GUEST OPINION By Mark Padginton, Key Account Manager JAMF: Most Australian businesses have deployed tools and services to improve their IT security, yet many remain vulnerable due to one key factor: human beings.

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There has been a spike in ransomware attacks as cybercriminals capitalise on the COVID 19 pandemic, according to a new report which found that ransomware attacks can be correlated to key days in the COVID-19 news cycle - suggesting attackers are being “nefariously opportunistic” and leverage breaking news to take advantage of vulnerable populations. 

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In the effort to keep employees productive and the business running, the rapid switch to remote workplaces during the current COVID-19 outbreak has left public and private sector organisations vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to one global IT security vendor.

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More than 12.7 million high risk email threats were blocked in 2019 by one global security firm, with 11 million of the emails phishing-related, making up 89% of all blocked emails.

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Business email compromise (BEC) was the most prevalent security threat in Australia in 2019, accounting for 23.6% of global attempts and placing Australia in the top two countries with the most attempted attacks - and with the healthcare sector globally remaining the most targeted industry.

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Global machine identity protection provider Venafi says that between US$51 billion to US$72 billion in losses to the worldwide economy could be eliminated through the proper management and protection of machine identities.

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Cyber-criminals are using increasingly sophisticated impersonation attacks on Australian businesses, according to a new survey which found that 54% of Australian Infosec professionals faced phishing-triggered ransomware infections in 2019 — more than any of the other six countries surveyed, including the US, UK, Japan, Germany, France and Spain.

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With a number of global certificate outages, malicious software backdoors and major data breaches, 2019 was a banner year for cybercriminals, according to machine identity protection provider Venafi which warns that security professionals should expect to see more attacks targeting machine identities throughout 2020.

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Australia’s online retailers are susceptible to cybercriminals spoofing their brand identity and increasing the risk of email fraud for customers, according to a new report.

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 11:38

ESET joins Google App Defense Alliance

Cyber security firm ESET has become a founding member of the Google App Defense Alliance which protects mobile applications on the Google Play Store.

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Email remains one of the key attack vectors used by cybercriminals, leaving many organisations hugely vulnerable because they don’t have adequate protection in place, according to software company Wavelink, a distributor for security vendor Fortinet

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 23:56

Warning on emergence of new SMS phishing scam

Security firm Proofpoint says that retailer Kmart’s recent warning of a new attack by a sophisticated SMS scam means that it is important for Australians to remain vigilant and aware of these types of attacks.

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Australian and the world’s healthcare systems face a range of security threats due to malicious activity as cybercriminals attempt to access sensitive information stored in the systems.

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Cybercriminals are abusing Twitter via tech support scams, command-and-control (C&C) operations and data exfiltration, with criminals found using fake Twitter accounts to spoof those of legitimate vendors for credible tech support scams.

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SMBs are the primary target for cyber attacks, yet most are unprepared and “severely underestimate their cyber security vulnerabilities” when it comes to cyber criminals and cyber security risks, according to research of the US market.

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The banking industry is increasingly becoming a favourite among cyber criminals, according to security vendor MailGuard, which has detected a new phishing email scam purporting to be from Westpac.

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Academic computer networks are often exceptionally large and diverse, and are notoriously challenging to secure and monitor, which can make them prime targets for attackers, according to comments made by one security firm in the wake of a data breach at the Australian National University.

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Cyber criminals continue to use email as a primary vehicle to steal data and deliver advanced threats, according to one security firm which reveals that phishing attacks targeting email users were the most prominent type of cyber attack globally in 2018.

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