Category Archives: SGNews

WE’RE HIRING: Penetration Testers


March 25, 2015

Securus Global is looking to expand its technical delivery team, so that as we grow, we can continue to deliver top-quality security assessments to our clients.

  • Location: Sydney or Melbourne CBD
  • Salary: Dependent upon experience.
  • Work Type: Full Time

ROLE PURPOSE:

The Penetration Tester is a hands-on technical role, primarily involving:

  • Performing penetration testing (web apps, networks, mobile apps, code reviews, you name it)
  • Reviewing other technical deliverables, such as penetration testing work and client reports
  • Presenting technical work to clients and be able to explain various security issues and why they’re important to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Contributing to the development of internal tools and methodologies

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Nude Celebrity Scandal, Cloud Service Security and You!


September 04, 2014

Following the slew of private celebrity photos leaked earlier this week, both end-users and organisations are understandably concerned. Invariably, user confidence in the security of online services, and the confidentiality of any data stored, has been shaken by such leaks.

This is especially worrying for organisations, as more and more enterprise services move onto remotely hosted cloud platforms, which are now home to the corporate crown jewels (emails, commercially sensitive information, intellectual property etc).

The same security issues that appear to have caused the recent iCloud breaches typically affect these cloud platforms. From a security perspective, using a cloud system is effectively outsourcing and therefore should be treated as diligently as any other outsourcing arrangement.

According to Apple, the recent celebrity photo compromise occurred due to a “very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions” – in other words, social engineering password resets. Continue reading

August 2014 Newsletter


August 11, 2014

Table of Contents:
• A CIO’s Approach to Developing a Security Framework 101
• Penetration Testing Applications
• Practical Security: Browser Security Settings
• Upcoming Events
• Achieving Comprehensive PCI DSS 3.0 Compliance
• The SG Community

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A CIO’s Approach to Developing a Security Framework 101

One of the biggest questions we always get asked by CIOs and other senior business management in regards to Information Security and IT Risk Management is where to begin. Do you focus on purchasing security tools first, developing policies and standards or getting an audit done and working from the results of that audit?

From our experience, while all of the above can assist in some way, developing a framework about how you will think about your security position is the number one priority before you make a major investment in tools, your staff’s time or the costs of hiring consultants. You may find that a lot of the costs you estimated originally may not be needed. Continue reading

July 2014 Newsletter


July 09, 2014

Includes the latest from the Securus Newsroom, Partner Updates, Community Engagement, Tech Talk, Career Ops and more.

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Penetration Testing in Australia

It is always interesting to look at theoretical investment being made by companies in Australia. Based upon our experience, the assumptions made in a recent analysis by Nick Ellsmore, are in our opinion realistic. Read full article here: http://www.dellingadvisory.com/blog/2013/4/5/penetration-testing-market-analysis-where-is-all-the-revenue

Should you be using this as your guide to your own strategy in regards to penetration testing? Well that depends on your own circumstances, your risk tolerance assessed against those assets and the overall potential impact to you in case of a breach. (Related to your risk assessment and that risk tolerance level).

Taking aside the financial aspect in terms of costs of penetration testing across the board, a key factor for consideration, based on Securus Global’s own 10+ years of experience in this market, is that 95% of web applications we test for the first time have major to critical vulnerabilities in them. If even only 50% of those applications were already in production before we tested them, (with the actual figure higher), that equates to an alarming number of websites in Australia (and globally given those statistics do not differ for our international clients), being insecure and open to compromise, if they haven’t been compromised already.

It’s clear that a great deal of Australian business do not have an effective security assurance program in place. With cyber crime on the rise and media reporting of breaches increasing exponentially, it doesn’t present a confident picture of cyber security in Australia, nor globally. Continue reading

Building an iClass Cloner


May 21, 2014

By Jay Davis, @jaymaster2000

We have been investigating RFID access control security and the models typically implemented by businesses in Australia. The iClass line of devices developed by HID are an interesting subject as they are commonly used throughout Australia (and globally) and have been proven to have security flaws. We conducted some research to see if we could create a covert cloning device for use in our engagements. Read on for more details of our successes! Continue reading

April 2014 Newsletter


April 01, 2014

We hope you enjoy reading the case studies in this months newsletter.
We’ve included a variety of articles to appeal to the range of our stakeholders, from the technically minded to the executive levels and everything in between. Eg:

* Board communications security and the move to mobile technologies
* How I got root with Sudo
* Security Pitfalls of a Shared Portal
* Tripwire – Security Configuration Management
* Securus Global – Community

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March 2014 Newsletter


March 05, 2014

This months edition is jam packed full of articles, including:

* Testing New Technologies – Smoke Detection, Alarms, CCTV etc.
* Cracking .NET Membership Password Hashes
* The “most asked question” – What should companies do to minimise their security risks?
* Upcoming Events – Breakfast Brief
* Mitigate DDoS Attacks with Cloud & On-Premise DDoS Protection
* 5 Critical Steps of a Complete Security Risk & Compliance Lifecycle
* What makes good application security knowledge?
* New Securus Global Social Engineering Services
* Industry Round-up
* Securus Global – Community

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January 2014 Newsletter


January 28, 2014

A Happy New Year to all our clients and friends. May 2014 be a good one for you.
Welcome to our first newsletter of the year. This month, we’re covering the following:

  • The Target Breach – A case study of being compromised
  • “Dumping” Windows Credentials
  • New Social Engineering Services
  • Securus Global – Client Workshops
  • Partner Updates
  • Industry Roundup
  • Securus Global joins PS&C Group

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