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​Australia #fair game when it comes to the #threat of a #cyber attack

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

For a country with a culture based on taking things as they come, Check Point has said Australia is taking the threat of cybersecurity seriously.

Previously, organisations in Australia were protected by the country’s geographic isolation, but as business is now being carried out at scale via the internet, Tony Jarvis, chief strategist of threat prevention at security vendor Check Point, has said everyone is “fair game” when it comes to the threat of a breach.

Speaking with ZDNet, Jarvis said organisations in Australia used to have the luxury of foresight, watching peers from bigger parts of the world deal with security-related incidents six months before the trend entered Australia, providing them with ample time to prepare.

However, that is no longer the case, as highlighted by the WannaCry ransomware that claimed hundreds of thousands of victims across 150 countries, reaching speed and red-light cameras on state roads in Victoria, and Petya, which even halted chocolate production at Cadbury’s Tasmanian factory.

“When you’re doing business on the internet, which everybody is, everybody is fair game at exactly the same point in time, so we have to be cognizant of that,” Jarvis said.

“Australia is good at taking that seriously, they do appreciate that risk, and translating that into taking the necessary actions and preventative measures is definitely on the agenda.

“Australia is making good progress.”

He said it is important to remember there’s no such thing as cybersecurity in the sense that nothing can be 100 percent secure.

“Rather, cyber resilience, and being prepared as you can be while also acknowledging the fact that something might slip through the cracks, and having a plan in place to deal with that should it happen,” he explained.

“Australia is definitely taking the right steps, everybody faces slightly different risks, but more or less they’re all on the same sort of path.”

Australians have a reputation of being heavy consumers of technology, and with the estimation that there will be 20.4 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices deployed by 2020, Jarvis said securing these devices should be a priority, given that IoT presents a future that is very difficult to secure.

He said it’s important for everyone involved, including designers, manufacturers, retailers, and consumers, to be aware of the security risks.

“There’s always a lot of hype in the security industry, unfortunately, and a good part of our time is spent on deciphering what is hype and what is fact,” Jarvis explained.

“Unfortunately, when we start talking about IoT, a lot of the hype is real.

“We live in a capitalist society; we have manufacturers and companies whose job is to put products on the shelf that we want to go out and buy and they improve our life somehow, such as fitbits and other fitness trackers,

“Unfortunately, security lags quite a number of years behind bringing these products to market.”

While there are a number of best practice guidelines published by the likes of IoT Alliance Australia and the Cloud Security Alliance, there’s no unanimous decision on which standard to adopt, nor is there an overarching body to make sure every part of the process adheres to agreed guidelines.

“Not all manufacturers will adhere to those standards, but even if they do, if there’s a vulnerability that’s found on a specific device, how do you actually go and remediate or patch that, because it’s not always possible,” Jarvis added.

“A lot of the hype in this case is justified.

“We don’t need to be worried, but we do need to be cognizant.”

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HBO Hackers Threaten to Leak ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale Episode 7

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So far, the only leaked episodes of “Game of Thrones” Season 7 have come from HBO partners themselves. Hackers have shared other data, and pieces of GoT scripts, but never full episodes. Yet. HBO’s hackers recently emailed Mashable with details on their latest exploits, vowing to leak the Season 7…

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Cybersecurity’s Disastrous Game of Chicken

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Not too long ago I presented at my first Meetup focused on cyber careers. The more than 30 people in the audience were mostly men of all ages (more on this below), with backgrounds ranging from from first-time students to transitioning IT professionals. Some were frustrated that the time and…

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Could Kaspersky’s enterprise play change the cyber security game?

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Could Kaspersky’s enterprise play change the cyber security game?

Cyber security company, Kaspersky, has made a name for itself in the consumer and small to medium business (SMB) cyber security markets, but the vendor is fixing to make a big play in the mid-market and enterprise space.

This move should make incumbent players nervous, according to analyst firm,Technology Business Research (TBR).

The firm said that, moving forward, Kaspersky will demonstrate the value of its “meta-layered” approach – which calls on security data analytics, machine learning and human expertise – by leveraging its security expertise in key industries.

It added that the research of the company’s research and development arm, Kaspersky Lab, will help strengthen the vendor’s reputation in important sectors.

Kaspersky Lab’s traditional competitors include: Trend Micro, Sophos, Norton by Symantec, McAfee, F-Secure and AVG.

However, this new push will pit the company against the incumbent mid-market and enterprise leaders Check Point, Palo Alto Networks, F5, FireEye and Cisco.

This would be a daunting task for any company but Kaspersky has a few factors on its side. TBR estimates the company is growing faster than all of its competitors except Trend Micro, based on organic year-to-year revenue growth in 2H16.

Additionally, from a channel perspective TBR suggested that the exponential increase in cyber attacks and downturn in the consumer PC market compelled Kaspersky Lab to retrain its sales and channel teams, revise its marketing themes, and add solutions for the fast-growing SMB and enterprise security segment.

The firm added that Kaspersky Lab had seen strong results from its new focus, reporting to analysts at the summit that it achieved double-digit growth in the enterprise customer segment last year.

The company has local distribution agreements with Exclusive Networks, Leader Computers, Microbe, Topstar Computer International and XIT distribution.

The company recently ended a long-standing relationship with Thousand Hands Technologies – formerly Hemisphere Technologies – after the two battled it out in court over royalties.

Moving forward, TBR suggested Kaspersky Lab aims to serve a larger set of SMB and enterprise customers, particularly in the financial, industrial and law enforcement industries, and to focus on countries where it has an opportunity to extend its presence to many new customers, such as South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, China, India, Brazil and Mexico.

While its Australian presence is overwhelmingly in the consumer space, the company has had some recent success at the top end of town and in government. The most notable of which was a contract to protect the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

At the same time, Kaspersky Lab has evolved its portfolio to serve SMB and enterprise customers over the past year. The company has added a suite of SMB- and enterprise-focused solutions to its portfolio.

The research firm said these were important additions that would enable Kaspersky Lab to address the more challenging security requirements of midsize and enterprise customers, and the company is expected to maintain a steady pace of similar enhancements over the next two years.

It added that, in tandem with its new solutions, Kaspersky Lab was educating the market on its new approach to advanced threat detection and response.

According to TBR, this is an important extension to Kaspersky’s value proposition, yet it is not unique to the company as many competitors are iterating at a similar pace and it will not be able to rely on R&D alone for success in the mid-market and enterprise.

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How Being Honest Works for You in The Online Dating Game

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How Being Honest Works for You in The Online Dating Game

Needless to say, being honest is the time-proven value people are taught growing up. It is what they seek in their business or life partners and the lack of it causes broken hearts or forever loss of one’s credibility. As …

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These Girls Busted a Cheating Wife Sexting While Sitting Next to Her Husband at a Baseball Game

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These Girls Busted a Cheating Wife Sexting While Sitting Next to Her Husband at a Baseball Game

During an Atlanta Braves Match, two ladies witnessed something that they couldn’t keep quiet about so they did what they had to do. A lady sitting in front of them was very casually sexting another man whilst her poor unsuspecting …

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Clash Royale Forums Hacked but Game Accounts Still Secure

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Clash Royale Forums Hacked but Game Accounts Still Secure

Supercell, the company behind the super-popular mobile game Clash Royale, suffered a breach in September that might have exposed its users. A community manager announced on the firm’s forums that hackers managed to breach the website with a vulnerability last …

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Outsized Influence: Online Charters Bring Lobbying ‘A’ Game to States – Education Week

Savvy lobbying, well-connected allies, and impassioned parents have helped keep online charters growing across states even in the face of often-poor results.

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Overwatch hack alert : In-game hacks for Blizzard’s game sold at $30

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Overwatch gaming hack, Aimbots are sold at $30 giving gamers cheats like auto aim, instant reload and no recoil Blizzard’s Overwatch is probably the best thing to happen to gamers in 2016. With Overwatch animated shorts and Overwatch porn already making news there is little surprise that in-game hacks would be far behind. A listing […]

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Beware Of The Dating Site Scammers and Their Game

YOU’RE FAMILIAR WITH the drill. An exotic stranger needs help, and you’re the only one able to provide it. On any given day, a handful of those pleas still file into your email’s spam folder. And if you replace “collect an inheritance” with “find true love,” they’re an increasing menace for dating apps and services. Read More….

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