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ATO #outages have slowed down #cyber security policy #upgrades

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ATO #outages have slowed down #cyber security policy #upgrades

There are concerns the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has more work to do on cyber security standards, with Commissioner of Taxation Chis Jordan telling Senate estimates last night sustained outages at the tax office may have slowed down plans for security policies.

On Wednesday a joint committee report into cybersecurity compliance in government departments highlighted the committee “is most concerned that the audit found that the ATO and [Department of Immigration and Border Protection] are still not compliant with the mandatory ‘Top Four’ mitigation strategies”.

The mitigation strategies, which are the top four of eight “essential” tools recommended by the Australian Signals Directorate for warding off cyber security threats, include restricting administrative privileges, using latest operating systems, patching systems and application whitelisting.

The ATO told the committee it would take until November to become compliant with the practices, but in a Senate estimates hearing on Wednesday evening Commissioner of Taxation Chris Jordan told the room there was a reason for the delay in the plan for cyber security: the sustained system outages that hit the office from December last year.

Jordan told Labor Senator Jenny McCallister the December outage “slowed down” progress on cyber security compliance.

The tax office has undertaken a comprehensive review of systems stability after system knockouts started playing havoc with clients after an initial major outage on December 11, 2016.

PricewaterhouseCoopers was engaged to conduct an external audit of ATO systems, which identified 14 key areas for improvement to ensure systems stability at the tax office for the long term. However, the focus of this was on how the ATO’s various portal systems interacted, rather than on cyber security priorities.

The accounting sector has previously told SmartCompany cyber security planning is not the only thing to be slowed down by the December outage. Finance professionals were expecting overhauls to a range of tax office portal systems in the near future, but the Institute of Public Accountants says these have been put on hold.

“Priority one, two and three is just maintaining a stable system. All of the system upgrades and moving to better platforms are all on hold,” the IPA’s general manager of technical policy Tony Greco told SmartCompany in June.

“The existing systems aren’t perfect, and we’re having to wait longer for new ones.”

According to the joint committee report, if Commonwealth entities were to all comply with the four most important strategies for cybersecurity, 85% of targeted cyber attacks could be prevented.

Overall, the committee noted that evidence provided about cyber security policies at government departments “from both submitters and witnesses [suggest] that compliance with the Top Four mitigation strategies is a minimum standard and does not necessarily equate to cyber resilience”.

In 2013, the government mandated the top four strategies for fighting cyber attacks and put a timeline in place to have all departments on board by June of 2014.

SmartCompany contacted the ATO for comment but did not receive a response prior to publication.

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Cyberspace Policy Analyst 1

more information on sonyhack from leading cyber security expertsSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans DESCRIPTION: Conducts research, analysis, development, and coordination of strategy, policy, and doctrine for cyberspace operations at the national, DOD, Service, and Command level Provides technical expertise on executive-level projects, analyzes, assesses, and develops future strategies, policies, and doctrines governing cyberspace operations Supports interagency and coalition policy […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

Trump’s cyber policy remains ‘to be determined’

more information on sonyhack from leading cyber security expertsSource: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans President Trump was the driver of a “change” election in 2016, but after four months in office it remains unclear what kind of change he wants to bring to the cybersecurity policy space. The Trump administration has killed Obama-era cybersecurity regulations in the telecommunications sector, but […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com | Can You Be Hacked?

Nearly half of businesses have no cyber security policy, survey finds

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Nearly half of businesses have no cyber security policy, survey finds

ALMOST half of businesses who took part in a survey had no policies on data security, cyber security or data protection. The research also showed a low take-up of the government-backed Cyber Essentials Scheme, with only two per cent accredited under the scheme. The figures are from Mark Gracey, owner of Flavourfy, an independent digital consultancy specialising in digital marketing, …

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Parents speak out against bullying policy

A few parents say it’s time to address bullying at the grade school. They say it’s a problem. So is the way it’s handled.

Several moms went to the school board meeting tonight. One spoke at length about the problems her daughter and other students have had with bullying. She wants the school board to examine and change the bullying policy, at least at the grade school level.

At this month’s school board meeting public comments came first. Amy Huskisson started her time with a story her 6 year-old daughter told her about a 9 year-old boy at recess.

She says, “He chased her down, wrapped his arms around her, and squeezed her as hard as he could to the extent that her face turned red, almost a purpleish color.

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District’s social media policy questioned following NC teacher’s sex trafficking arrest

Some parents in Pender County are questioning the school system’s social media policies following the arrest of a Topsail High School track coach.

Ahmad Garrison, 27, of Holly Ridge, was charged Wednesday with four additional counts of sexual activity with a student. According to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, the new charges involve a different alleged victim than the one mentioned when Garrison was first arrested.

Authorities say the parents of the student found inappropriate social media messages between their daughter and Garrison.

The charges left some parents in Pender County concerned about what the school system is doing to protect students.

“It angers me and it upsets me,” said LaCretia Munn, a parent of three daughters in the Pender County School System.

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States Eye Greater Control Over K-12 Policy in Trump Era – Education Week

Even before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, states are forging ahead on agendas they’ve been crafting since the Every Student Succeeds Act passed a year ago.

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Fresh Policy Leverage Waits as Governors’ Contests Heat Up – Education Week

A dozen states pick governors Nov. 8, and they’ll play a crucial role in setting the education agenda under the new Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Parents, student sue over transgender bathroom policy – Education Week

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Central Idaho school district adopts gender inclusion policy – Education Week

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