From zero to hero: Geoscience Australia nears cyber resiliencyGeoscience Australia is nearing compliance with all eight of the government's mandatory and non-mandatory cyber security requirements after being found to be vulnerable to cyber attack in 2018. In answers to questions on notice from senate estimates, the peak geoscientific research agency said it had now implemented all the Australian Signals Directorate’s top four controls.

Recent cyber attacks just the tip of the iceberg for AustraliaIn a year already marred by natural and biological crises, cyber security failures remain a critical threat. Government agencies and big Australian companies have fallen victim to cyber attacks with unprecedented visibility. Industry and government need to understand why we are more exposed, what we can learn from recent national security events, and how to build a more cyber-resilient nation.

The number of data breaches continues to grow in Australia, underscoring the need for local companies to shore up their data protection practices amid mounting cyber attacks. According to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), 537 data breaches were reported between July and December 2019, a 19% increase over the first half of that year.

Telstra is among the local companies whose brands have been hijacked by online scammers trying to make a buck from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Scamwatch has received 94 reports of coronavirus scams since 1 January 2020, and has warned that the figure is expected to climb.

Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm, has launched a research study examining the cyber security market in Australia. The study results will be published in a comprehensive ISG Provider Lens™ report, called Cyber Security ­­– Solutions & Services for Australia, scheduled to be released in August.

Special report: Cybersecurity: Let's get tactical (free PDF)Australia's Parliament downplayed a leaked report saying its cybersecurity was 'at a low level of maturity', claiming it's OK now. But parliaments and politicians are high-value cyber espionage targets. "Parliaments of all descriptions are of interest to intelligence services," says Tom Uren, senior analyst with the International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) in Canberra.

The significant impacts of the cyber attack on Toll Group on its own operations, and those organisations it works with have shown the business community needs to learn fast about the value in working together to mitigate the ever-present dangers. It is important to note two crucial points. The first point is that Toll Group is the victim of a crime. The company and its staff should not be called out by the holier-than-thou mob for being the victim of a crime.

Story imageCyber attacks are on the rise among Australian organisations, with cyber crime costing the Australian economy more than $1 billion per year, according to new research. The research, commissioned by insurance comparison service comparethemarket.com.au found small businesses account for 43% of all cybercrime targets. It also revealed that the online activities of nearly half of Australian employees have put the organisations they work for at risk of online attacks.

ACSC gets to grips with Mailto threat after Toll Group infectionThe Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has released a SHA-256 hash of the Mailto ransomware that infected Toll Group, but says there is “limited information” on the initial intrusion vector and how the malware moved once inside the company's network. The centre issued its first advisory on the infection late Thursday, after Toll said yesterday it had asked for the ACSC’s assistance.

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