Enex TestLab’s various divisions cut across a large number of industry sectors, perhaps more so than most organisations. From my perspective, we deal with an impressive number of organisations and individuals within those industries. Heading this organisation, therefore, requires me to wear a number of different hats in any given day. But the one common denominator is the humans that we need to interact with.
I get around a lot, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. Over the decades there seems to have been a seismic change in the government and organisational view of operational security and exactly what the function and charter of that role entails.
It is an interesting construct this theory of privacy. Increasingly, people are becoming aware that the more highly and ubiquitously they become digitally connected to the global economy, the more they are forsaking their personal information. Not just basic information either, but their likes, dislikes, views, opinions and passions. And that information is being aggregated.
It used to be the fear of 1984 and Big Brother—watching and controlling citizens’ every move. These days the writing is on the wall, while Big Brother is watching via the CCTV networks, little brother is insidiously infiltrating our computers and smart devices to build a cache of information—and it is no longer simply making off with corporate/personal data/information. Enter the RAT.
Enex TestLab has been providing independent testing services for 24 years now. We cover 90 industry sectors with 8 separate testing divisions.
There has to be a certain level of paranoia in the security industry. It’s what we do, our job is to believe nothing and see gaping holes where others simply trust things are being looked after.
There has been a lot of coverage in recent months over the Australian Federal Governments proposition to implement a data retention policy. The debate is polarising and highly emotive, similar to that of the shelved mandatory Internet content filtering policy.
One of my previous blogs touched upon the Australian Federal Government’s proposed data retention laws and the inevitable storm raised by those opposed - big brother all over again. The digital Australia card. However, some individuals are voluntarily and publicly releasing personal information of far greater value than a list of the internet sites they visit. Indeed the information released is encouraged to be used by marketing and advertisers to characterise an individual and target promotions straight to their screen.
In my last CSO blog I posted about the Australian Federal Governments recent proposal that requires Internet Service Providers to retain their customers’ activity logs for a period of two years.
There has been a lot of public debate and emotive outcry over the government's proposal to enable a security agency to gain access to the historical user activity logs of Internet Service Providers. Under that provision the requirement will be for ISPs to retain such information for a period of two years and provide it if requested.