New fact sheet highlights importance of vulnerability management when using mobile devices

The Australian Bankers Association (ABA) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have teamed up to provide the public with tips on how they can more safely use their portable devices, in order to curb the risk of personal and financial information theft.

A fact sheet entitled Banking on the go – security tips for your smartphone and tablet has been prepared, and is available for viewing on official websites of both organisations.

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Common vulnerability management mistakes made by businesses

While most businesses today are displaying a far greater awareness of the risk presented by cybercrime, many organisations are still guilty of making critical errors when determining how much time, money and effort to devote to their digital security.

Here are three common vulnerability management mistakes that could leave your company open to the threat of cybercrime.

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Small businesses advised to take cyber security precautions after Queensland retailers held to ransom

AVG security advisor Michael McKinnon has warned small businesses that they may be at greater risk of cybercrime then they think, and to improve their levels of vulnerability management before it is too late.

Speaking at Retail Expo 2012 in Sydney on Wednesday (September 25), Mr McKinnon noted that many small to medium retailers do not take enough responsibility for digital security.

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US National Cyber Security Month is good time to conduct security audit

As countries all around the world become more aware of the importance of good cyber security and vulnerability management, many state governments are bringing in new initiatives designed to inform and educate the public as to how they can stay safe online.

For example, in the USA President Obama has deemed the month of October as the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.

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UTD scientists invent ‘space travel’ cyber security technique

Scientists at the University of Texas in Dallas are claiming to have made a major vulnerability management breakthrough which offers computer users a new way to detect cyber threats across multiple computers.

The new technique – which has been nicknamed – allows one computer to monitor another for any potential viruses, unauthorised hacking attempts or other malicious threats.

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Newsletter: September 2012 Issue

The September Issue of the Securus Global Newsletter is now available.

This month, features include;

  • Upcoming events (Security Briefing on ‘Mobile Application Security’)
  • Featured service of the month
  • Highlights from The SG Crowd (team blog)
  • Industry Roundup

To see the full edition visit: http://createsend.com/t/j-4912587B79F90EA5

You can also subscribe to our newsletter: http://www.securusglobal.com/subscribe/

Australia shoppers spend $22.8 billion online in one year

Australian shoppers spent $22.8 billion in the 12 months to June 2012, according to new research published by Roy Morgan last week (September 21).

That number is up 14.2 per cent over the same period last year. In comparison, total retail sales were up only 3.3 per cent, indicating that while the retail market is generally improving, it is still the online sphere that is leading the way.

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FBI warns cybercriminals are targeting the financial industry

Cybercriminals are using spam, phishing e-mails, keystroke loggers and Remote Access Trojans (RATS) in order to steal the login credentials of employees in the financial sector, the FBI has warned.

In a statement released September 17, the FBI, in collaboration with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and the Internet Crime Complaint Center, revealed startling new information about how cybercriminals were initiating unauthorised wire transfers in order to steal upwards of US$900,000 at a time.

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12 truths about threats your customers must know today.

SECURUS GLOBAL IN THE PRESS:

By Nate Cochrane on Sep 20, 2012 10:55 AM for CRN

Reseller’s role in securing customer networks against ‘social’ intruders.

Joel Simon was scanning for news of journalists under fire when he was drawn to a suspicious email by an odd misspelling of a colleague’s name.

Simon is the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which reveals abuses against the Fourth Estate.

It came from “Rony Kevin”, a name similar to Rony Koven, who works for the World Press Freedom Committee, a CPJ partner. The subject line read: ‘Fw: Journalists arrested in Gambia’ and had a message body cut and pasted from press freedom group, Article 19.

CPJ internet advocacy coordinator Danny O’Brien says it had a password-protected zip attachment but CPJ employees are “extremely cautious about opening strange attachments”.

To read full article: http://www.crn.com.au/Feature/316259,12-truths-about-threats-your-customers-must-know-today.aspx

Australian computers more likely to be infected with Trojans: Microsoft security expert

The most common threats to cyber security facing Australia today are Trojans, exploits, and password stealers and monitoring tools, a new post published September 13 on the Microsoft Security Blog has confirmed.

In the latest edition of his series on the current threat landscape in Asia and Oceania, director of product management in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group Tim Rains has revealed some interesting new information about the state of vulnerability management in Australia and New Zealand.

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