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Inspiring a new generation

Dec 4, 2018 - Australia's best young cyber stars have been recognised in the Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA), the nation's flagship hacking competition for tertiary students. The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and industry partners run the challenge to address the critical cyber security skills shortage by encouraging young Australians to pursue a career in the field. The latest research reveals the domestic cyber security industry must employ over 45,000 additional workers over the next decade to build a cyber security sector that advances Australia’s cyber resilience.

Marriott, Starwood hit by security incident

Dec 1, 2018 - The Marriott Group have released a statement regarding a significant data security incident involving their Starwood Guest Reservation database. An investigation undertaken by Marriott in September 2018 determined that there had been unauthorised access to the database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at Starwood properties since 2014.

Medicare & Aus Post SMS scam

Nov 29, 2018 - You may have seen news reports yesterday of an active phishing campaign via SMS, pretending to be from either Medicare or Australia Post. The messages claim that you have a rebate owed or a competition opportunity and asks you to click through to a website and provide your personal details.

Adelaide JCSC officially opens

Nov 23, 2018 - Today the Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne, officially opened the Adelaide Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC), as part of the Government’s $47 million commitment to collaborative cyber security solutions under the 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. The Adelaide Centre builds on the success of the JCSCs in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth by bringing together business and academia along with state, territory and Commonwealth agencies in an engaging and cooperative environment.
Feature - APRA

We all have a stake in cyber security

Nov 12, 2018 - Australia’s banks, insurers and superannuation funds are an attractive target for cyber criminals, so all financial institutions must be able to handle cyber risks and regularly test their own defences. To help businesses and organisations better protect themselves, and respond quickly and effectively if a cyber attack occurs, a new standard for information security management has been released by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). The new Prudential Standard CPS 234 Information Security is intended to shore up APRA-regulated entities’ resilience against…

The ACSC is updating partner contact information

Nov 6, 2018 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is currently in the process of updating its contact list for our partners. Our cyber community is experiencing rapid change and people are often on the move, falling outside of the information loop. We want to ensure that, in times of crisis, we are able to quickly inform the cyber community. As an ACSC partner you will receive a message from ASD.Assist@defence.gov.au asking you to update your contact details.

Austal cyber security incident

Nov 1, 2018 - JOINT STATEMENT Department of Defence Department of Home Affairs Australian Cyber Security Centre The Australian Government is aware of the cyber security incident affecting Austal. This matter has been referred to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for investigation.
Feature - Women in Cyber

Women in security, "You can't be what you can't see"

Nov 1, 2018 - 'A masterclass in national security' is how many participants have described the Women in National Security Conference hosted by the Australian National University's (ANU) National Security College (NSC) in Canberra last week. Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Frances Adamson, said the work of women is essential for successful outcomes in a broad range of fields -- crisis management, international legal practice, intelligence analysis, peacekeeping and diplomacy.

Australia maintains a key role in international cyber security community

Oct 30, 2018 - Australia will continue its leading role in the region’s largest cyber security community with the Australian Cyber Security Centre re-elected as Chair of the Asia-Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) Steering Committee in Shanghai on 23 October 2018. The ACSC maintains its role working alongside regional partners on cyber capability and protections in its capacity leading Australia’s computer emergency response capability.

Beware of phishing after Cathay Pacific data theft

Oct 30, 2018 - Scammers often take advantage of incidents to trick people into sharing personal or financial information. Cathay Pacific Airways Limited announced last week that there had been 'unauthorised access' to passenger data of approximately 9.4 million people, who were travellers with the company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited. Although Cathay Pacific said it had no evidence that any personal information was misused, the airline is concerned about the subsequent phishing campaign for passenger information, which people may be tricked into…