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25 Feb 2021
Multi-factor authentication for stronger cyber protection
Australians are being urged to strengthen proof of identity protections to help stop cybercriminals gaining unauthorised access to online information and accounts.
23 Feb 2021
IRAP training partnership
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is partnering with organisations in South Australia and the ACT to deliver cyber security assessment training services for Australian business and organisations.
10 Feb 2021
Health Sector Snapshot
This Sector Snapshot is designed to enhance awareness of key cyber security threats in the health sector and advise executives and cyber security professionals within the health sector on what they can do to protect their organisation from cyber threats. This report provides a high-level overview of the cyber security environment from 1 January to 31 December 2020.
09 Feb 2021
Safer Internet Day 2021
Safer Internet Day on 9 February 2021 aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and share strategies everyone can use for staying safe online.
19 Jan 2021
Staying secure online during back-to-school shopping
Parents are being urged to be vigilant while shopping online for school essentials this month, with back-to-school shopping opening up opportunities for cybercriminals to strike.
23 Dec 2020
Staying secure when shopping online this festive season
With holiday season shopping in full swing, and the Boxing Day sales just around the corner, Australians are being urged to take care when shopping online to protect themselves from cybercriminals.
17 Dec 2020
Security tips for online gaming
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has published advice to help protect people while gaming on personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers, as well as gaming devices.
15 Dec 2020
Information Security Registered Assessor Program (IRAP)
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is further enhancing cyber security assessment and training, improving cyber skills, and creating new cyber careers for Australians through the Information Security Registered Assessor Program (IRAP).
11 Dec 2020
Theft of FireEye Red Team Tools
The ACSC is working closely with FireEye and other cyber security partners to understand the risks facing Australian systems.
04 Dec 2020
Cyber security campaign – ABC NewsRadio interview
Ms Abigail Bradshaw CSC, Head Australian Cyber Security Centre, interview with Ali Crew on ABC NewsRadio Drive, 02 December 2020
03 Dec 2020
New cyber security campaign
Australians are being urged to strengthen their cyber defences and be alert to online threats through a new national cyber security campaign.
17 Nov 2020
Cyber security is a team sport for all Australians
On 6 November 2020, Abigail Bradshaw CSC, Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, made her inaugural public speech, Cyber Security in Australia – A team sport, hosted by the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
16 Nov 2020
Australians urged to ‘Think Before You Link’ online
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has launched the Think Before You Link campaign which aims to raise awareness of the threat of malicious social media profiles, and educate current and former security clearance holders to understand the signs of a malicious approach online.
27 Oct 2020
Business Email Compromise
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has released a new publication – Protecting Against Business Email Compromise (BEC) – to help Australians defend against these deceptive and expensive scams.
23 Oct 2020
Closing soon - ASD 2020 Cyber Security Survey for Commonwealth entities
ASD’s annual cyber security survey will close on 30 October. Your participation in the survey assists ASD in ensuring our cyber security advice and services meet your needs; and improve cyber resilience across the Commonwealth.
14 Oct 2020
Top tips to avoid ticket scammers online
Follow our tips for buying tickets securely online.
15 Sep 2020
New pilot program to block cybercriminals impersonating Services Australia
Telstra, in conjunction with the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and Services Australia, is boosting Australia’s cyber resilience through the launch of a new security measure to block malicious text messages.
11 Sep 2020
Don't abandon your internet domain name to cybercriminals
Domain names are your internet mail address and your online business identity. Don’t abandon your domain name to cybercriminals through administrative oversight. Allowing corporate domain names to expire puts businesses at risk, potentially exposing clients’ personal and confidential information, client-legal privileged information and financial details.
04 Sep 2020
New ACSC report details cyber threats across Australia
The inaugural ACSC Annual Cyber Threat Report has been developed with our law enforcement partners, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, to provide important information about emerging cyber threats impacting the Australian economy.
02 Sep 2020
Advice for users and manufacturers of Internet of Things devices
The ACSC has developed information to help the community buy and use internet-connected devices securely – such as smart fridges, smart televisions, baby monitors and security cameras.
Joint Advisory on Technical Approaches to Uncovering and Remediating Malicious Activity
Cybersecurity officials from US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand release best practices for incident response.
06 Aug 2020
Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020
The Australian Government has today launched Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020.
31 Jul 2020
Dousing cyber risks to water infrastructure
National cyber security exercise for Australia’s water and wastewater sector
27 Jul 2020
Release of co-designed Cloud Security Guidance
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) have released new Cloud Security Guidance to support the secure uptake of cloud services across government and industry.
22 Jul 2020
US Department of Justice indictment of cyber actors
The Australian Government expresses its concern over reports of global malicious cyber intrusions, as detailed in today’s unsealing of indictments by the US Department of Justice.
17 Jul 2020
UK-US-Canada Joint Advisory on Russia
Today, Australia declares its support for the release of the Joint Cyber Security Advisory by the US, UK and Canada, which details malicious cyber activity by Russian actors targeting organisations involved in COVID-19 vaccine development.
10 Jul 2020
Security tips for social media and social networking apps
Social media sites, social networking and messaging apps can pose a number of risks to both organisations and individuals when used in an inappropriate or unsafe manner.
06 Jul 2020
Staying off the hook in phishing attacks
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has seen a significant increase in reporting in the past few months of COVID-19 themed phishing scams, using all sorts of lures to try and trick people into handing over personal details.
01 Jul 2020
Announcing the ACSC Small Business Survey Report
Today ASD’s ACSC has published the ACSC Small Business Survey Report: How Australian Small Businesses Understand Cyber Security.
18 Jun 2020
Hardening Microsoft Windows 10 version 1909 Workstations
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has produced updated guidance to help information technology managers securely configure workstations (and similar devices) running Microsoft Windows operating systems.
22 May 2020
Safeguarding Australia’s critical infrastructure from cyber attack
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has produced advice to help critical infrastructure providers protect themselves from cyber attack as key staff work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
20 May 2020
Unacceptable malicious cyber activity
As Australians and the international community band together to respond to COVID-19, the Australian Government is concerned that malicious cyber actors are seeking to exploit the pandemic for their own gain.
12 May 2020
Government service agents urged to protect clients and themselves
Agents of government services, such as taxation agents, BAS agents and taxation (financial) advisers, are attractive targets for cybercriminals.
08 May 2020
APT activity targeting Australian health sector
Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors are actively targeting health sector organisations and medical research facilities in Australia.
30 Apr 2020
National cyber security exercises for Australia’s electricity industry
In November 2019, the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre coordinated a national cyber security exercise series in partnership with Australia’s electricity industry and government agencies.
20 Apr 2020
COVID-19 cyber scams mount against Australians
Cybercriminals continue to target Australians through a range of COVID-19 themed scams, fraud attempts and deceptive email schemes, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has warned in a new threat update.
15 Apr 2020
Are you cyber-safe at home?
With increasing numbers of Australians working from home to combat the spread and impact of COVID-19, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has issued a new advisory containing tips to reduce the risk of Australians falling victim to cybercriminals at home.
07 Apr 2020
Protecting small business against cyber attacks during COVID-19
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has published advice on how small businesses can better protect themselves from cyber attacks and disruptions during COVID-19.
02 Apr 2020
Stay safe and be tele aware
In light of COVID-19, many businesses and individuals are now turning to web conferencing systems, like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting and Cisco WebEx to connect online.
01 Apr 2020
ACSC program enters its next phase through JCSCs
The ACSC Partnership Program is increasingly bringing industry, academia, law enforcement and government agencies together in collaborative work spaces, enabling information-sharing and network-hardening across the economy. This is being enabled through the network of Joint Cyber Security Centres (JCSCs) around Australia.
ACSC aware of critical vulnerability in Citrix Application Delivery Controller and Citrix Gateway
The Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a critical vulnerability that exists in the Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC) (formerly known as NetScaler ADC) and Citrix Gateway (formerly known as NetScaler Gateway).
27 Mar 2020
Microsoft warns of vulnerabilities in Adobe Type Manager Library
The ACSC is aware of Microsoft’s recent disclosure of two remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities in the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library. Microsoft reports that there is targeted exploitation of these vulnerabilities.
Cyber scams during the COVID-19 crisis - ABC Radio interview
Mr Karl Hanmore, acting Head Australian Cyber Security Centre, interview with Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck on ABC Radio Sydney, 27 March 2020
13 Mar 2020
Cyber security is essential when preparing for COVID-19
Ensuring good cyber security measures now is the best way to address the cyber threat.
12 Mar 2020
Microsoft warns of vulnerabilities in SMBv3 (update: patch released 13 March 2020)
The ACSC is aware of Microsoft’s recent disclosure of a vulnerability in the Microsoft Server Message Block 3.1.1 (SMBv3) protocol called CVE-2020-0796, also known as EternalDarkness.
02 Mar 2020
Joint public statement on independent review of CSCP and IRAP
In late July 2019, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) commissioned an independent review of its Cloud Services Certification Program (CSCP) and Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP).
03 Dec 2019
Shopping safely online at holiday time
What are the do’s and don’ts to avoid online shopping scams? Read our tips now.
28 Nov 2019
Online fraud and shopping scams among the top cybercrimes targeting Australians
Australians are urged to be vigilant and protect themselves online, especially over the busy festive period.
07 Nov 2019
National Cyber Security Committee urges vigilance as two concerning cyber security threats are in the wild
The ACSC, with its state and territory partners, is continuing to respond to the widespread malware campaign known as Emotet while responding to reports that hackers are exploiting the BlueKeep vulnerability to mine cryptocurrency.
24 Oct 2019
Widespread exploitation of vulnerable systems via Emotet malware
The ACSC is investigating a widespread malware campaign known as Emotet. Emotet is a Trojan virus delivered via emails sent with malicious attachments.
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