//www.itnews.com.au/news/fed-agencies-cop-mass-fail-in-core-systems-cyber-review-548738 Only one of the federal government’s largest agencies has fully applied the Australian Signals Directorate's essential eight to some of its most important systems, the national auditor has found. The finding is contained in the 2019 interim financial controls audit of major entities, which reviewed the implementation of the... read more →
//www.computerweekly.com/opinion/Australia-is-painting-a-big-red-cyber-target-on-its-critical-infrastructure Australian’s critical infrastructure is particularly vulnerable right now to cyber attacks due to years of under investment in cyber security and aging legacy systems. The threat of foreign state-sponsored hackers breaking into Australian infrastructure and wreaking havoc sounds like something out of a Tom Cruise film, but as the CEO of... read more →
//www.bay939.com.au/news/local-news/118014-cyber-security-fears-takes-geelong-council-website-offline Geelong Council has taken the Geelong Australia website offline on Wednesday afternoon following a cyber-security incident. The site was pulled down as a precaution as council staff investigate. CEO Martin Cutter said extra services will be deployed should the website remain offline on Thursday. “To ensure we continue to... read more →
The Essential 8 framework more important than ever The recent hack of Toll Holdings for the second time where sensitive data was stolen and their networked was ransomed again has highlighted the importance of Application Whitelisting, Privileged Account Management, Access control in the COVID-19 world is paramount. Data security, identity... read more →
//www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-15/australia-unprepared-for-security-threats-warns-review/12248332 The report finds Australia is unprepared for an increasingly likely cyberwar. "In many ways, we may not even know when a cyber attack or indeed when a cyber campaign against Australian interests has begun," says Professor Medcalf. "We may not know until it's well advanced. There may be all... read more →
//variety.com/2020/digital/news/hackers-21-million-ransom-grubman-shire-meiselas-sacks-entertainment-law-firm-1234606193/ A cybercriminal ring claiming to have stolen a huge cache of data from a major media and entertainment law firm — whose clients include Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Elton John and Lady Gaga — is demanding a $21 million ransom payment, according to a published report. New York-based Grubman Shire Meiselas... read more →
//www.cyber.gov.au/news/government-service-agents-urged-protect-clients-and-themselves Agents of government services, such as taxation agents and financial advisers, are attractive targets for cybercriminals. The ACSC has published Cyber Security for Agents of Government Services to help agents protect their clients' valuable and personal information, and their own businesses.