Cyber security

An Indigenous Army veteran is looking to take his cybersecurity startup to IPO as Australia’s first listed Aboriginal business

- May 16, 2022 2 MIN READ

An Indigenous Australian Army veteran who’s build a successful tech startup over the last six years has spun out a cybersecurity company with the ambition one day launching it on the ASX. Kieran Hynes is a Worimi man from the Newcastle region who spent 13 years as an Army officer, dealing with military tech, from… Read more »

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Cyber security

Canberra ramps up cyber skills training with pilot program looking to meet industry demands

- April 5, 2022 2 MIN READ

The Canberra Cyber Hub, ACT Government and Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) have partnered together to deliver a pilot program aimed at addressing the massive shortage of a skilled workforce in cyber security. DSO CEO Patrick Kidd said the 12-month pilot will help identify which skills companies will be need on the cybersec front in the… Read more »

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Cyber security

The Budget’s $10 billion cybersecurity plan is all about making Australia a key ‘offensive’ cyber player

- March 31, 2022 4 MIN READ

In the 2022 federal budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg launched a range of vote-winning initiatives – one of which included a breathtaking A$9.9 billion for cyber security over ten years. Bundled under the acronym REDSPICE (which stands for resilience, effects, defence, space, intelligence, cyber and enablers), the program is expected to help build Australia’s intelligence and… Read more »

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Cyber security

Everything you need to know about the Budget when it comes to cybersecurity from an expert

- March 30, 2022 4 MIN READ

I looked for the cybersecurity line items in the budget so you don’t have to. Initial Thoughts I commented in my corresponding post when last year’s budget was released that: “This (2021) budget continues the historical trend of spending a significant amount on national security, which includes cybersecurity, but having most of the money directed towards the… Read more »

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Hacking group Anonymous targets Russia in cyber war

- March 1, 2022 3 MIN READ

Infamous hacking collective Anonymous is taking aim at Russian infrastructure and its President Vladimir Putin following the country’s invasion of Ukraine last week. Twitter accounts purporting to represent Anonymous claimed responsibility for taking out websites belonging to the Russian government, banks, news outlets, and a gas company through distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks. A video posted… Read more »

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Here’s how Australia could be collateral damage in Russia’s cyber war against Ukraine

- February 28, 2022 4 MIN READ

The Australian Cyber Security Centre is asking organisations and businesses to be on high alert amid Russia’s cyber attack bombardment of Ukraine. The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre issued a similar warning, as have New Zealand and the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Australian Cyber Security Centre has said it is not… Read more »

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Cyber security

Troy Hunt, the cybersecurity expert behind Have I Been Pwned, on the sector’s biggest myths and why we should be worried about IoT devices

- February 25, 2022 3 MIN READ

Your passwords aren’t safe, the internet of things is ripe for abuse, and hackers don’t always wear hoodies – this is some of the wisdom shared by cyber security expert and creator of the Have I Been Pwned website, Troy Hunt at the ACS Reimagination Thought Leaders’ Summit 2022. In an entertaining talk delivered to… Read more »

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Cyber security

The ‘biggest vulnerability in computing history’ in Java logging library Log4j has seen a massive spike in hacker attacks

- December 16, 2021 2 MIN READ

A new vulnerability sent shockwaves across the internet over the weekend, sending IT teams scrambling to fix Java servers before they are exploited by ruthless attackers looking for an easy foothold into systems. It’s colloquially called Log4Shell and one security expert has said it could be “the single biggest vulnerability in the history of modern… Read more »

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Cyber security

AustCyber CEO Michelle Price on how to protect your startup against cyber threats

- October 22, 2021 4 MIN READ

AustCyber’s annual Australian Cyber Week, kicks off on Monday running October 25-29. The event offers a mix of virtual and in-person sessions focused on the Australian cyber security industry and local innovation. The full event schedule is  here. Ahead of Australian Cyber Week, we spoke to AustCyber CEO Michelle Price about how everyone needs to think about… Read more »

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If you’re being bombarded with scam delivery messages, here’s why and what can be done

- September 25, 2021 5 MIN READ

For most people, the ping of an incoming SMS will induce some level of excitement — or mild intrigue at least. But with SMS scams on the rise, many may now be meeting this same sound with trepidation. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) ScamWatch website, scams delivered via “phone” or “text”… Read more »

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Cyber security

Cybercrime reports in Australia are now being lodged every 8 minutes

- September 17, 2021 3 MIN READ

The volume of cyber security attacks has grown so much during the COVID-19 pandemic that victims were lodging a new cybercrime report every 8 minutes, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) reported, as it launched its latest annual report into Australian cybercrime. With over 67,500 reports of cybercrime received during the 2020-21 financial year, the ACSC… Read more »

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Cyber security

Australian companies are keeping their cyberattacks secret amid a rising ransomeware problem

- September 10, 2021 3 MIN READ

Australia continues to be an easy target for ransomware groups who profit from poor corporate accountability and a culture of secrecy. The number of ransomware incidents affecting local organisations increased by 24 per cent in the first six months of 2021, according to data from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s (OAIC) latest notifiable data breaches report. Unfortunately,… Read more »

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Cyber security

The ANZ and several institutions in New Zealand have been hit by a DDoS cyber attack

- September 8, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

The ANZ bank is among range of institutions, including the New Zealand Post Office, hit by what appears to be a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack on Wednesday morning. https://twitter.com/ANZ_NZ/status/1435362520630538243   New Zealand’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) said it was aware of a DDoS attack, is monitoring the situation and working with affected… Read more »

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Scammers have moved in on Australia Post’s delivery problems with SMS ‘flubots’

- September 3, 2021 3 MIN READ

Australians must be extra cautious about what messages they click on in coming weeks, after Australia Post’s three-day hiatus on package pickups created a new window for cybercriminals tweaking the Flubot ‘smishing’ attack to tap uncertainty around COVID test results, vaccines, and deliveries. More than 5,500 Australians have told the ACCC Scamwatch service that they have received text… Read more »