Reading between the lines of the US Homeland Security data breach

In January 2018, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a data breach involving the personally identifiable information (PII) of 246,147 current and former DHS employees. The information included social security numbers, names, dates of birth, positions, pay grades, and work locations. Basically, a database of confidential human resources information. A former DHS employee […]

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Organisations must reconsider how they protect data

By Ted Pretty A new IDC Perspective entitled Is Data the New Endpoint(1) proposes that organisations need to change how they think, and instead view data itself as an endpoint to improve how it can be secured. The report states that: “Data is an asset that is increasing in value, created and stored in an […]

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5 Security Best Practices for Unstructured Data

There are two kinds of digital data: structured data and unstructured. By volume, the vast majority of all stored digital information is unstructured. Businesses find it incredibly difficult to secure unstructured information because it is constantly changing. For example, a PDF version of an employment application is not sensitive until someone completes it and enters […]

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Perimeter Security – A Cycle of Failure

The manner in which enterprises conduct business has changed drastically over the past two decades, but approaches to security have not. During the advent of e-commerce, businesses focused on network firewalls, system hardening and network intrusion detection systems to protect web servers from compromises or denial of service attacks. As businesses made this environment more […]

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WannaCry Attack: Let’s Talk Cloud and Encryption

The 150 country wide ransomware attack, known as WannaCry, which took down a number of organisations, including several NHS trusts, flooded the media last month. The ransomware attack – which involved cyber criminals gaining access to data and then encrypting it with a key known only to them – saw $300 worth of bitcoin being […]

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Do you know where your data is and whether it is protected?

According to a recent article from InnovationAus.com, politicians and cyber experts agree that “the global cyber attack that hit more than 200,000 computers across 150 countries last weekend should serve as a wake-up call for the Australian businesses and government agencies that have dodged a bullet”. Due to Australia’s location and time zone, most local businesses […]

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