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A new approach to cyber security in Australia

Aug 20, 2018 - Threats to our cyber safety and security are intensifying as cyber criminals target our homes, businesses, phones and computers, infrastructure and community. Now working from new purpose-built headquarters, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is building on decades of quiet success by Australian agencies. Officially opened by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the ACSC demonstrates the Australian Government"s…

New Intel recommendations for L1TF vulnerability

Aug 15, 2018 - Intel has released new recommendations for processors affected by a vulnerability called L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) to help you protect yourself against the theft of information. These vulnerabilities, if not protected against, could in some circumstances let cyber criminals steal information stored on your computer or in the cloud. These processor flaws remind us that we should all be adhering to cyber security best…
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New Google Chrome update to highlight website security

Jul 26, 2018 - A new version of Google Chrome is now available that marks websites that don’t use HTTPS encryption as ‘not secure’. The ACSC advises all website owners to configure their website to serve web content only via the encrypted HTTPS protocol, and not via the unencrypted HTTP protocol. .
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First Joint Cyber Security Centre opens in Western Australia

Jul 12, 2018 - Last week the Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter, officially opened the Perth Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC), the first centre of its kind to open in the West. The Head of the ACSC, Alastair MacGibbon, welcomed guests including the Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security and Federal Member for Canning, WA, Mr Andrew Hastie MP, and senior representatives from across government…

Ransomware continues to target Australians

Jul 1, 2018 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is asking Australians to remain vigilant of ransomware and the damage it can cause. The Centre is urging all Australians, including businesses owners and operators to patch their systems. "Ransomware continues to be one of the greatest cyber security threats to us all. And due to its non-discriminatory nature, if your network is unprotected you may fall victim" said head of the…

Fed up with Phishing?

Jul 1, 2018 - Would you 'click here' and enter your bank account or credit card numbers, passwords or birthdate because you received an email or text that looks like it's from a bank or government department? If you answered 'yes', there's no need to feel ashamed. Cyber criminals are tricking more and more of us into sharing our most sensitive information. It's the most common type of scam reported in Australia, according to the…

Combat DNS infrastructure hijacking

Jul 1, 2018 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a global Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure hijacking campaign and urges organisations to protect their systems. 'We encourage administrators to follow best practices, including our Essential Eight mitigation strategies, to better safeguard their systems,' said Alastair MacGibbon, Head of the ACSC. 'While no single mitigation strategy is guaranteed to prevent…

Expanded agreement on incident management arrangements

Jul 1, 2018 - The Council of Australian Governments has today agreed to expanded Cyber Incident Management Arrangements (CIMA), increasing national cyber defences through improved cooperation across jurisdictions. The CIMA outlines the inter-jurisdictional coordination arrangements and principles for Australian Governments’ cooperation in response to national cyber incidents. These arrangements will support a more effective…

2018 - Launching into action

Jul 1, 2018 - Working from new purpose-built headquarters after its official launch in August, the ACSC and its network of Joint Cyber Security Centres (JCSCs) across the country are building on decades of quiet success by Australian agencies. The ACSC, part of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), demonstrates the Australian Government's commitment to cyber security in a world where new threats are always emerging. 'From the…
Data protection

PageUp data incident

Jun 18, 2018 - On Friday 1 June 2018 PageUp Limited, an online recruitment services organisation, notified their customers about a data incident in relation to the integrity of their systems proactively informing of a possible breach. PageUp self-identified suspicious activity on its network and undertook immediate actions to investigate and contain the incident. PageUp notified their corporate customers and the Australian Cyber…