Data Breaches & Threats

Notifiable Data Breaches – are they increasing?

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released its latest statistics on notifiable data breaches covering the period from January to June 2020. Interestingly, this report showed a 3% decrease in the number of breaches in this period, compared to the previous report covering July to December 2019. By all accounts, the pandemic seems to have had no significant difference on the number of breaches that were reported, even though the volume of phishing attacks and criminal cyber activity purportedly skyrocketed.

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Threat Hunting using MITRE ATTACK

Organisations introducing threat hunting into their operational security team’s remit will encourage a proactive approach to detecting and responding to sophisticated cyber threats. Threat hunting demands disciplined and focused effort using threat intelligence to inform the investigation team on what to examine. Incorporating the MITRE ATTACK Framework into your organisation’s threat hunting model is the best way to determine which tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) to search for across your environment.

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Australia Under Cyber Attack

On Friday 19th June, the Australian Prime Minister gave a press conference outlining an intense and persistent cyber attack against Australian organisations, allegedly originating from an overseas adversary. The Prime Minister confidently stated that a hostile nation-state was behind the campaign, refrained from naming the culprit. Other news outlets, however, suggested unnamed senior government officials  claimed the origin was China, but this remains unconfirmed by official sources.

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Lessons from cyber security breaches – Cathay Pacific

Obviously, writing this in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, airlines all round the world are suffering huge impacts from the effects of the isolation, quarantine and travel restrictions that are in place.  Cyber security might not be at the top of their agenda, but it’s certainly at the top of Cathay Pacific’s.

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ANU Data Breach – Don’t be a “Me Too”

Few organisations have the resilience to suffer a cyberattack as large as the one the Australian National University (ANU) notified last week.  Data breaches of this magnitude certainly take their toll, and in this case the ANU will be feeling the pain for some time to come. But what happened and how can organisations better prepare themselves for this kind of attack?

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Canva Breach: Protect your Business from External Privacy Breaches

At the weekend, an Australian graphic design company called Canva reported a data breach. At this stage, you’d be forgiven for thinking so what? Yet, this wasn’t just a typical data breach – it’s one of the largest privacy breaches of user information in history, on the league table just behind Equifax’s breach of 2017. In Canva’s case, the hacker claims to have stolen 139 million Canva users’ details, including names, postal addresses, email addresses and 70 million users’ password hashes. So how might this breach affect your business and is there anything you can do to protect yourself from the fallout?

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