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According to the OAIC (Office of the Australian Information Commissioner) report, 36% of all cyber-attacks in Australia are caused by human error, this is the phenomenon known as PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair). Thus, employees are our greatest assets, and our weakest link by potentially falling victim cyber-attacks in various forms. They are also our first line of defence, hence continuous education, training and awareness are needed to remain vigilant against cyber-attacks.

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According to an article by Smart Company (one of Australia's premier publication for growth businesses and entrepreneurs), 516,380 small businesses fell victim to cyber-crime last year. The first step in falling for a cyber-attack is believing that you won’t be attacked. Prevention starts with educating your employees about some of the most common types of cyber-attacks such as Spear Phishing and how they can be countered.

Spear Phishing attacks differ from other phishing attacks in that they target a victim to extract information. The messages are tailored to the victim and thus increasing the chances of fooling the recipient. The first step to prevent spear phishing is to minimise exchange of confidential information via email and to avoid posting too much personal information online.


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Give us a call at 1800 996 001 and talk to our highly experienced security consultants to discuss your company’s cybersecurity priorities and discover how we can help.

Romain Rallu, Privasec’s Director was invited to speak on ISO 27001 at Ingram Micro’s Cyber Security Exec Lunch last week hosted by Shirley Tan. Romain is an expert in Information Security Management Frameworks, and he shared the top ten misconceptions in the market about ISO 27001. Give us a call if you want to know what is on the list.

Other keynote speakers were McAffee’s CTO Ian Yip and Checkpoint’s CTO Tony Jarvis gave great insights on security trends backed by the powerful intel gathering and correlation only vendor their size can see. A special thanks to Ingram Micro for making the event a great success.


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Our APAC Cyber Security Advisor, Shamane Tan, was invited to give two keynotes at the Mimecast Breakfast Connect last month. Both Melbourne and Sydney saw a great turnout at each event where cybersecurity professionals came to learn about innovative and relevant cyber resilient practices.

Shamane shared Privasec Red Team’s success stories which showcased the importance of training up humans as our first line of defence. A special thanks to Mimecast team for organising such an informative event!

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Privasec was proud to sponsor the OWASP AppSec event, Australia’s only conference dedicated to application security.

Our team had an incredible time at the event and were impressed with the calibre of speakers both local and international. We were honoured to be chosen to design the official t-shirt for the event. Some interesting topics included developing secure web and mobile applications, breaking into them and how to protect them from future compromise. More than 600 industry professionals and students took part in listening to over 20 acclaimed speakers.