The week in security: Lifting the bushel on cybersecurity’s light

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Cybersecurity is creeping out of the shadows, surfacing quiet discussions that used to be held in out-of-the-way meetings. With this is coming more clarity about salaries in cybersecurity-related fields – which are continuing to grow along with their importance.

These days, it’s malware that is hiding itself in out-of-the-way places, with attackers getting increasingly clever about how they stay out of your way.

Old standbys like phishing and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are also getting smarter – posing new threats for unprepared potential victims.

Corporate commandments around moving to the cloud have been one catalyst for changing this – as one global CISO explains in the latest CSO Executive Sessions podcast.

Sometimes it’s about spending your cybersecurity budget in the right places – as companies like EquifaxMarriott, and the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) have all learned – too late – after massive data breaches.

Basic problems continue to persist, with terrible password practices high on the list of behaviours you need to help eradicate.

Speaking of lists, Australia is the fifth-largest source of data for the FBI’s global information gathering around cybersecurity. That makes us a key partner in the fight to tame a rising tide of cybersecurity compromise.

If you’re concerned about your network exposure to cybercriminals, you may want to look into Infection Monkey– a free, open-source penetration-testing tool that will use every trick in the book to try and find its way past your defences.

If you’re concerned about your own exposure instead, you should be: being anonymous online is difficult, and you’re going to have to work for it.

Start at any of the upcoming cybersecurity conferences, always a great opportunity for networking and learning about new ways to counter the ongoing threat.


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