Awkward if your brand image is a safe pair of hands.
David Jones has had its computer system hacked and the private
details of customers stolen by criminals. While DJs says that no
credit card details or passwords were stolen, it was a reminder
that cyber hackers don't just go after the likes of Ashley
Madison, Sony Music and the US Government. It came a day after
K-Mart announced some of its customer data (names, addresses,
contact details and sales data) had also been stolen.
Australia's Privacy Commissioner says there's been a
huge jump in reported data breach notifications in the past
In response, the Federal Government recently released the first
unclassified Australian Cyber Security Centre Threat Report
(collective ooooooooooooooooohhhh). The Report provides information
to Australian businesses about the threats their computer networks
face from cyber espionage, cyber attacks and cyber crime. (Ever
notice how 'cyber' makes any word sexy and scary?
CyberdyneSystems has a lot to answer for.)
We won't bore you with the details, but the Report does
provide some good tips on how businesses can reduce their exposure
to cyber bad guys, or respond to a cyber attack. The Report lists
the Top 4 things, which are all mandatory for Australian government
agencies, which could prevent at least 85% of targeted cyber
Use application whitelisting, which is a fancy way of saying
you should specify trusted/permitted applications that can be run
on your computers to prevent accidental execution of malicious or
unapproved programs by your staff.
Patch (ie. install updates) applications such as Java, PDF
viewers, Flash, web browsers and Microsoft Office and, where
possible, use the latest version of the application.
If you become aware that an operating system may have
vulnerabilities, promptly patch it. Also, if possible, stop using
Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 as an operating system (they
said it, not us).
Restrict administrator privileges to those users who really
need it to do their jobs. A lot of hacking is facilitated by rogue
or careless insiders.
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