Monthly Archives: December 2012

Gartner predicts mobile payment smartphone applications to grow in prominence

December 22, 2012

A third of all consumer brands will be utilising a smartphone application that allows mobile payment by the year 2015, says Gartner, in order to allow them to sell directly to customers and provide an improved customer experience.

In a statement released December 20, the information technology research and advisory firm suggested that organisations with operational retail outlets might have the most to gain from this new technology.

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Cybercrime expert warns organisations to be wary of data breach risk

Businesses concerned about ensuring vulnerability management and cyber security in 2013 will need to be continuously vigilant to the threat of data breaches and malware, says cybercrime prevention solutions provider ThreatMetrix.

Other key factors which ThreatMetrix is warning organisations to be on the lookout for include cyber warfare, the risks associated with personal devices being used for work-related purposes and the emergence of cloud computing.

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Verizon report highlights most likely cyber security attacks of 2013

December 21, 2012

Businesses concerned about ongoing vulnerability management may be interested in a new study from Verizon, which has sought to identify which data breach threats organisations are most likely to face in the new year.

According to the latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, the most common risk factor of 2013 regarding digital security will be attacks and failures related to authentication, such as employee usernames and passwords being stolen or lost and utilised for malicious purposes.

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NCSA prepares for annual Data Privacy Day

December 20, 2012

The US National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is reminding everyone to take care when it comes to managing personal information online, as it prepares to commemorate Data Privacy Day on January 28.

Data Privacy Day is an annual event founded in 2008 with the intention of promoting the importance of securely managing confidential data in order to mitigate the risk of cybercrime or identify theft.

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Employees put their organisations at risk due to poor smart device disposal habits

December 19, 2012

A new survey has revealed that a lack of personal awareness and vulnerability management when it comes to disposing of personal devices may be putting many organisations at risk of digital crime.

According to a study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Fiberlink earlier this year, more than two thirds of the workforce is not taking steps to have their personal devices wiped or destroyed before disposing of them.

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Generation Y switches on to mobile applications

December 18, 2012

A new survey from Cisco entitled the 2012 Connected World Technology Report has revealed how young people are increasingly turning to mobile applications to perform tasks in the workplace.

Of the more than 1,800 people aged 18-30 from across 18 countries that were involved in the study, nearly 70 per cent said that mobile applications play an important role in their daily lives.

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New Zealand organisations advised to treat cyber security “like a business”

December 17, 2012

While organisations in Australia struggle with ensuring ongoing vulnerability management and cyber security, it seems enterprises across the ditch are also grappling with protecting themselves against the modern digital threat landscape.

According to a new report from audit, tax and advisory services provider KPMG, in 2012 external data leaks affected more than 160 million people across the world over 835 separate incidents.

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FBI breaks up organized cybercrime ring

December 14, 2012

Organisations with an interest in cyber security and vulnerability management may be interested to hear that the FBI, in collaboration with law enforcement partners from around the world, has broken up a major digital crime network.

Ten people from countries including Croatia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States have been arrested in relation to the organised cybercrime ring, which purportedly generated complex malware in order to steal more than $850 million from compromised computer systems.

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Microsoft release critical vulnerability management patches for Windows 8

December 13, 2012

Businesses committed to ongoing vulnerability management and cyber security will be interested to learn that Microsoft has released seven patches designed to fix potential vulnerabilities in the recently released Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems.

Of those patches released on Microsoft's traditional 'Patch Tuesday' on December 11 , five have been labelled "critical" while the other two have been dubbed "important".

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Nielsen State of Social Media report highlights dangers of social engineering

December 11, 2012

Social media continues to grow in popularity both in Australia and around the world, in news which may be of interest to any organisation concerned about privacy security and ongoing vulnerability management.

According to the latest Social Media Report released by Nielsen and NM Incite, the average consumer using a personal computer spends around 20 per cent of their total internet time on a social media site such as Twitter or Facebook.

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