New Zealand touts cyber security as everyone’s problem

Recent milder DDoS cyber compared to 2020. A recent cyberattack – which  affected ANZ, Kiwibank, NZ Post, and possibly MetService – were distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Such attacks were unsophisticated and the effect appears limited, according to a number of media sources. These attacks were milder compared to…

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APAC businesses blame cyber attacks on unknown assets

Complex challenges faced in securing networks and systems for remote workers in the post-pandemic era. A new poll by MIT Technology Review Insights, in association with Palo Alto Networks, uncovers the complex challenges Asia-Pacific companies face in securing networks and systems for remote workers in the post-pandemic era.  In this new cybersecurity landscape, conducting…

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Worldwide security and risk management spending to exceed $US150B

Security and risk management spending grew 6.4 per cent in 2020. The strong growth rate reflects continuing demand for remote worker technologies and cloud security, according to analyst firm Gartner. “Organisations continue to grapple with the security and regulatory demands of public cloud and software as a service,” said Lawrence…

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Global cyber agencies share top routinely exploited vulnerabilities

Four of the most targeted vulnerabilities in 2020 involved remote work. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint cybersecurity advisory highlighting the top Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) routinely…

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Singapore to build a foundation of trust

Government says digital transformation requires security. Singapore will commit another $50 million over the next five years to bolster its digital trust capabilities. According to Josephine Teo Minister for Communications and Information, this initiative will bring together industry players, research institutions, and institutes of higher learning to drive research and…

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Apathetic leadership is major barrier to cybersecurity in APAC

COVID-19 accelerated period of digitisation and improved cybersecurity, but systemic security issues persist. Despite cyberattacks increasing, cybersecurity budgets have remained stagnant and executive teams continue to underestimate the level of damage threats can do to organisations. Nearly 70 percent of Asia Pacific organisations suffered a data breach in 2020, an increase…

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ACSC identifies vulnerable Microsoft Exchange deployments

Multiple actors taking advantage of unpatched systems to attack those with on-premises Exchange Server. The Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has identified extensive targeting, and has confirmed compromises, of Australian organisations with vulnerable Microsoft Exchange deployments.  The ACSC is assisting affected organisations with their incident response and…

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NTT secures mobile phone provider in Indonesia

The need to integrate security into business and IT systems comes as a top-level priority. Japanese telecommunications company, NTT has completed its first Microsoft Security Project for a cellular operator in Indonesia. The engagement with NTT includes consulting, implementation, and managed services to enhance the client’s data security and privacy…

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Challenges of cloud migration for healthcare organisations

Health organisations have accelerated their cloud adoption because of the pandemic. Global healthcare organisations (HCOs) have accelerated their spending on cloud migration, but many may be over-estimating their ability to protect these environments. According to a survey by Sapio Research, commissioned by Trend Micro about 2,500 IT decision makers in…

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