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A curious mind - CYSCA 2018

Oct 11, 2018 - Australia's flagship national cyber security challenge wrapped up in Melbourne yesterday after a record number of Australian tertiary students battled to reverse real-world cyber threats around Australia. Defending champion the University of New South Wales was victorious again, taking first and second place, with Monash University coming third. For the first time ever, eight teams competed live in Melbourne including two women's teams from RMIT and the Box Hill Institute.

Record number of competitors team up to reverse the threat

Oct 9, 2018 - Australia’s flagship national cyber security challenge, CySCA (Cyber Security Challenge Australia) is on again around Australia on 9-10 October 2018, bringing together a record number of Australian tertiary students to battle real-world cyber attacks on a purpose-built Telstra network. For the 427 students taking part, it’s a foot in the door of Australia’s cyber workforce, which like elsewhere in the world, is suffering a shortage of skilled workers at a time when cybercrime is growing.
Stay Smart Online Week 2018 in Melbourne

Reversing the threat of cyber crime together

Oct 9, 2018 - In a show of strength to reverse the threat of cybercrime for all Australians, members of the business, government and cyber security community gathered for national Stay Smart Online Week 2018 in Melbourne today to share information about the latest challenges in cyber security in Australia and confirm their commitment to supporting a cyber-aware community. Hosted by ANZ the Stay Smart Online Week Industry Breakfast included a message from Alastair MacGibbon, Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), who said raising awareness of the importance of cyber security to…

Stay Smart Online. Reverse the Threat

Oct 8, 2018 - Each year the number of Australians impacted by cybercriminals continues to rise. In 2017, over 6 million adult Australians were impacted by cybercrime - that's one in every four Australians. This is a statistic that needs to be reversed. At a time when the majority of us are online to conduct our day-to-day activities, cybercriminals are looking for gaps in our online accounts, in an attempt to exploit our busy lives and steal our money or personal information. 

One in four Australians hit by cybercrime - reversing the threat

Oct 7, 2018 - Cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime is harming more and more Australians every day, and it’s time to reverse the threat. ‘One in four Australians were hit by cybercrime last year – that’s over 6 million Australians. If we’re going to fight back, we need to work together,’ Alastair MacGibbon, Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), said on the eve of Stay Smart Online Week 2018. This year, Stay Smart Online is launching ‘Reverse the Threat’ to encourage all Australians and businesses to take simple actions to defend against cybercrime.

Attribution of a pattern of malicious cyber activity to Russia

Oct 4, 2018 - The Australian Government has joined international partners to condemn a pattern of malicious cyber activity by Russia targeting political, business, media and sporting institutions worldwide. The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne have made a joint statement condemning these actions.
Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Canadian Centre for Cyber Security launches

Oct 3, 2018 - This week the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS) officially began operations. The new Centre will support a unified approach to cyber security and build community awareness and education. It will provide expert advice, guidance, services and support on cyber security for Canadian businesses, industry, governments, citizens, and international partners. The Centre is made up of elements of existing government agencies including Public Safety Canada, Shared Services Canada and the Communications Security Establishment.

Correcting the record - Certified Cloud Services List

Sep 29, 2018 - Recent media reports suggest third-party solutions built on ACSC Certified Cloud Services automatically inherit ACSC certification. This is not accurate. Any solution or service built on a certified cloud service does not automatically inherit the awarded certification of the supporting infrastructure and is not certified by the ACSC, unless it is also listed on the CCSL.

Facebook security issue affects 50M user accounts

Sep 29, 2018 - The ACSC is aware of a security issue affecting 50 million Facebook user accounts. A flaw in the "View As" feature allowed attackers to steal Facebook access tokens, which could be used to take over user's accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that allow users to remain logged into Facebook. 'This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code. It stemmed from a change we made to our video uploading feature in July 2017, which impacted the "View As" feature', Facebook stated on their website.

Thirteen High Impact IOS vulnerabilities outlined by Cisco

Sep 28, 2018 - This week Cisco Systems released its semi-annual Software Security Advisory Report detailing a number of vulnerabilities in its IOS and IOS XE switch and router operating software. Cisco, a manufacturer of networking hardware and telecommunications equipment, listed a total of 13 vulnerabilities which, if left unpatched, could enable an attacker to gain system privileges or cause a denial of service (DoS) on an affected device. Cisco has labelled all of the 13 vulnerabilities a Security Impact Rating (SIR) of High.