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Challenges 2021 holds for cybersecurity in Australia’s energy sector

If 2020 has been the year of unprecedented disruption on a global scale, 2021 will be the one when many people begin picking up the pieces. The COVID-19 pandemic caused unexpected and rapid change on all fronts. With virtually no warning, energy companies had to shift most of their staff into a “work-from-home” mode. Meanwhile, …

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How MITRE Shield helps organisations develop a better deception and concealment strategy

In today’s hyper-connected business world, maintaining effective IT security is a complex task. New cyber threats are constantly emerging, and the risk of disruption and loss has never been higher. With this challenge in mind, the US-based MITRE Corporation recently unveiled a new knowledge base designed to help organisations better understand security risks and the …

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Why taking a layered approach delivers the best IT security protection

When it comes to cybersecurity, it’s tempting to yearn for a silver bullet – one tool that can provide complete protection against all threats. Unfortunately, that isn’t realistic and is one of the main reasons chief information security officers talk about levels of risk and risk acceptance, rather than in absolutes. Just like building a …

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The rising threat of human-controlled ransomware

Of all the potentially disruptive and costly cyber threats faced by legal firms today, one of the most significant is ransomware attacks. … Cybercriminals manage to inject malicious code into an IT infrastructure where it then encrypts vital data stores, preventing access by staff. The criminals then demand a ransom payment in exchange for the …

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Using fake data to protect against cyberattacks

Separating truth from fiction in these days of social media campaigns and so-called fake news can often be challenging. As a result, false data that appears valuable can influence people. While such trends are a concern, deception can actually be a good thing for cybersecurity. Security teams are increasingly using fake data to deceive cybercriminals, …

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How automation is changing the cyber-security battle

While financial services firms are increasingly embracing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies, they’ve also captured cyber criminals’ attention. Never content to simply maintain the status quo, this group is busy putting the technologies to work to make their techniques stronger and more likely to succeed. AI and ML tools allow them to …

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Why COVID-19 has been good news for cybercriminals

The rush to have staff working remotely has created numerous opportunities for cybercriminals to infiltrate corporate networks. These opportunities are due to people no longer working within a protected infrastructure, using insecure networks, and connecting through client devices that lack vital security patches. It’s tempting for organisations to think that, because they have managed to …

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Improving IT security by deception

Cybercriminals have access to a broad range of tools and techniques, but they tend to share one common goal – they’re looking to make the biggest possible profit with the least amount of effort. As a result, they’re on the hunt for targets with potentially lucrative data stores but whose defences are easy to breach. …

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Attivo Networks Named as Finalist for New Zealand Reseller News Innovation Award 2020

Attivo Networks®, an award-winning leader in cyber deception and attacker lateral movement threat detection, has been named a Security Vendor of the Year Finalist in the New Zealand Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020. The awards attracted more than 170 submissions from 90 businesses across the partner, vendor, and distributor community in what the publication says …

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High-tech heist: why fending off ransomware attacks is more challenging than ever in 2020

Have you followed recent news reports on the cyber-attacks suffered by Lion and fervently hoped your organisation wouldn’t be next in the firing line? The beverage and dairy giant hit the headlines in June after it emerged that an attack had forced it temporarily to shut down production. Later the same month, the perpetrators threatened …

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