Social Networking Security — Opinions

Why businesses have never been more vulnerable to large DDoS attacks

Recently there has been an almost constant feed of news around distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, with banks, gaming organisations, governments, educational establishments and e-commerce vendors all being attacked. The DDoS threat has evolved considerably over recent years, with significant changes in the frequency and scale of attacks, and the motivations of cyber criminals. And, over a similar period, many organisations have become highly dependent on the availability of Internet services for their business continuity.

Nick Race | 12 Jan | Read more

Sony Hack Attack

There’s been a lot of coverage recently around Sony Pictures and the hack attack which has placed Sony in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, with high volumes of sensitive company data stolen and posted online.

David Baker | 22 Dec | Read more

The Rise of the Cyber Mafia

“There is no clouding the fact that security threats are increasing. Hackers are becoming more advanced in their techniques and with more devices being connected than ever before, it is becoming easier to spread malicious software. The situation is only going to get worse, as companies run from fire to fire, securing whatever is most important right now.”

Ian Hodge | 19 Dec | Read more

Rise of the elastic perimeter

Over the centuries, humans have built walls to keep intruders at bay. The Romans and Chinese were particularly adept at constructing extensive barricades: the Romans built Hadrian’s Wall in northern England and the Antonine Wall across what is now the Central Belt of Scotland, while the Chinese first started construction of would become the Great Wall of China in the 7th century BC.

Puneet Kukreja | 11 Dec | Read more

Closing the Gap Between Security and the Cloud

The cloud is a major presence in technology news and a trending topic that seems to pop up everywhere these days. The cloud certainly has the potential to transform computing across the spectrum, from individuals to SMBs to multinational corporations, and is rapidly becoming an essential part of the way companies do business.

John Hawkins | 10 Dec | Read more

Identifying the visibility gaps in your security

‘Once more unto the breach’…When Henry V uttered those immortalised words in Shakespeare’s play; most enemy attacks were fought on the battlefield. Yet in modern times, many ambushes come in the form of cyber attacks that wreak havoc in the shadows. These data breaches affect all organisations, not just governments, and also more commonly small and mid-sized businesses.

Brett Moorgas | 10 Dec | Read more

Five predictions for IdaaS and Identity Management in 2015

Five years ago we knew changes in technology and the ways in which we do business would present enormous challenges for how IT manages identity, what we didn’t know, was just how fast these changes would take place. By 2015 Gartner forecasts Identity as a Service (IDaaS) will make up 25 per cent of the Identity and Access Management (IAM) market, up from just four per cent in 2011.

Graham Pearson | 28 Nov | Read more

Pervasive technologies and its implication on security

All of us are, to some extent, slaves to technology. Judicious use of technology is mandated. Human kind has, so far, been naïve in adopting technology with the presumption that it will always be used in the right spirit, but we have seen it being used in the wrong context over and over again. This article is about the implications of malicious use of pervasive technology.

Shantanu Bhattacharya | 13 Nov | Read more

The cost of a security breach; it’s not just about the purse strings

Security breaches are rarely out of the news and with these reports come the significant costs resulting from each attack. However, the immediate thought is often associated with a dollar amount; for example how much money are we forfeiting through lost sales? Consequently, many think that private enterprises are the only ones that are prone to be at risk of attacks on their networks. The fact is public sector, educational institutions and non-profit organisations are just as much at risk and the potential costs are both great and varied.

Brett Moorgas | 08 Oct | Read more

Navigating the balancing act: how to support user privacy whilst maintaining control of corporate-owned data

It goes without saying that government surveillance news dominates our media. From a global standpoint, the NSA leaks brought international attention to state organised spying. Locally, the Australian Government has been making headlines over its plans to develop legislation that will allow it to more easily access metadata from large organisations and telecoms providers to gain information on the consumers using their services in a bid to prevent acts of terrorism

David Balazsy | 03 Oct | Read more

Login to the real world with your Facebook account

It seems like every other website we visit today presents us with a “login with a social network” button. We are sometimes presented with a choice, usually between Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. But the most common social network encountered is Facebook and the most common scenario where we are offered this option is when we attempt to use a technology-focused service online. This is starting to change and we will start to notice it in a matter of months.

Ian Yip | 09 May | Read more

Opinion: Cyber-Security – Stay Smart Online

Australians are increasingly relying on the internet in their everyday lives, from banking and shopping, through to using emails, social networking and blogs to keep in touch with family and friends. They are using a range of devices such as smart phones, tablets, computer game consoles and other devices to go online.

Sabeena Oberoi | 15 Jul | Read more

Social media - part 3

We like our risk management, don’t we? It allows us to identify risks, and take action to mitigate them. Risk Management can and should be applied to social media usage. It makes good sense to manage the risk by having a very clear social media policy.

Breed Lewis | 12 Mar | Read more