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Sustainable IT
Blockchain: Why I prefer Proof of Stake (And why Ethereum does too)
July 2022
Consensus mechanisms are tough to get right. Without a good one, the whole concept of decentralisation falls apart quickly: your efficient, fair, real-time, functional, reliable, and secure public ledger simply doesn’t exist.
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Cybersecurity
Threat actors ramp up their social engineering attacks
June 2022
As people get better at identifying potential threats in their inbox, threat actors must evolve their methods. Their new M.O? Social engineering.
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Ransomware
Fortinet launches security awareness and training service
April 2022
Fortinet has launched a new security awareness and training service to enhance workforce cyber awareness and mitigate threats.
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Cloud
Hacking humans: Social engineering exploits business vulnerabilities
October 2021
Fraudsters are constantly finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities and attack corporate payment systems. 
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Cybersecurity
Sharp increase in cyber attacks in last quarter of 2020 - report
April 2021
There was an increase in the number of attacks aimed at the trade industry and medical institutions, as well in the number of social engineering attacks on individuals.
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Cybersecurity
Security threats endanger tens of millions working from home
July 2020
There are pressures to stay trading, but it is imperative to ensure that actions taken now don’t encourage security disasters in the future.
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Cybersecurity insurance
COVID-19 could boost need for cyber insurance
March 2020
The reality is that most individuals don’t have adequate protection or knowledge of how to get protection.
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Mimecast
Why CEOs can be the weakest link in cybersecurity – Mimecast
January 2020
Research by Vanson Bourne revealed that 44% of respondents believed that their CEO was the weak link in their cybersecurity operation.
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Cloud
Venafi uncovers suspicious retail lookalike domains using valid certificates
November 2019
The total number of certificates using lookalike domains is more than 400% greater than the number of authentic retail domains.
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Phishing
Organisations' cybersecurity readiness for new regulations still low - ESET
November 2019
Across all countries surveyed, prioritisation was identified as the biggest organisational cybersecurity challenge (20%).
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Deep Instinct
Overcoming deepfakes with deep learning
July 2019
In the past couple of weeks, there have been high-profile examples of deepfakes, where deep learning, an advanced subset of AI, is used to manipulate videos to create fake videos.
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Phishing
Cybersecurity: Starting with the human factor
July 2019
In a recent report by Dell EMC, it was discovered that data-loss incidents cost Singapore organisations an average of US$1.4 million over 12 months.
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Cybersecurity
Why it’s time for organisations to rethink their cybersecurity strategy
May 2019
Proofpoint says commonly targeted accounts are not necessarily people who are known or actively tracked by the security team.
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Cybersecurity
Cyber threats progressing as defenses evolve - Trustwave
April 2019
The findings illustrate cybercriminals deviating towards a more focused approach against targets by using better obfuscation techniques and improved social engineering skills.
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Cloud
Okta launches $50mil fund to fuel identity solutions startups
April 2019
The fund will seek out startups that are aligned with Okta's vision of enabling any organisation to use any technology.
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Email Security
Email fraud increased by 476% in last year - Proofpoint
February 2019
As these threats continue to grow in volume and sophistication, it is imperative that organisations implement a people-centric security approach.
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Phishing
Proofpoint: Social engineering and credential stuffing attacks up in 2018
January 2019
More organisations were affected by all types of social engineering attacks (phishing, spear phishing, sms phishing, voice phishing, and USB drops) year-over-year.
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Phishing
Dialling up deception: ‘Vishing’ scams prey on human trust
January 2019
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) recently warned of a sophisticated phone scam, manipulating Australians for a reported $830,000 in November.
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Email Security
2019 threat landscape predictions - Proofpoint
December 2018
Proofpoint researchers have looked ahead at the trends and events likely to shape the threat landscape in the year to come.
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Malware
Businesses too slow on attack detection – CrowdStrike
December 2018
The 2018 CrowdStrike Services Cyber Intrusion Casebook reveals IR strategies, lessons learned, and trends derived from more than 200 cases.
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Phishing
Back to the basics: Five ways to stay safe online
October 2018
Phishing attacks or social-engineering attacks are on the rise, where cybercriminals trick people into divulging details and participating in scams.
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Phishing
New research reveals which employees are being targeted for why
September 2018
Individual contributors and lower level management account for nearly two thirds (60%) of highly targeted attacks within an organisation.
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Cloud
Collaboration tool APIs leaving organisations vulnerable
July 2018
Alongside the migration to the cloud has been the rise of application programming interfaces (APIs) and artificial intelligence (AI).
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Phishing
Internet security researcher seeking assistance from cybercrime victims
June 2018
“Between August 2010 and August 2016, New Zealanders reported almost 28,500 online incidents involving $35million in direct financial losses."