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Daily Backups are bread and butter of any organisation's IT department. An organisation can lose its data due to many reasons: cyber-attacks, corrupt storage media, rogue employees or human error.  Yet many companies fail to formulate a backup and recovery plan for their data. One simple yet effective strategy is the 3-2-1 backup strategy:  

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Adobe has recently released security updates to fix two critical vulnerabilities for Acrobat and Reader. The first vulnerability, identified as CVE-2018-16011, can lead to the execution of arbitrary code. The second vulnerability, identified as CVE-2018-19725, can result in privilege escalation.

ATO claims to have received more than 115,000 faxed documents in 2017-18. According to ‘The Age’, and ‘the Sydney Morning Herald ‘, many small Australian companies in the healthcare, finance and legal sector still use fax on a daily basis. The vulnerabilities in the fax machine protocols haven’t been updated since the 1980s and such extensive use of fax printers in Australia pose a huge problem.

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Apart from having financial implications, a security breach leads to a loss of consumer trust. An illustration of this is in the hospitality industry, where breaches can have a negative impact on consumer perception, satisfaction and intent to revisit (Berezina et al., 2012).

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One of the most overlooked ACSC Essential Eight strategies in mitigating cybersecurity incidents is daily backups. Think of it as your absolute fail-safe in a scenario when all other security controls have failed. But what are the steps and strategies involved in backing up your data?

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The importance of Information and Technology Governance cannot be overstated. With companies trying to maximise the value derived from IT assets while managing the associated risks, the need for a structured approach to designing and implementing enterprise governance for IT is key.

US based hardware giants Dell recently announced a security breach that took place earlier in the month of November.

Dropbox has recently revealed three critical vulnerabilities in the Apple MacOS operating system, which could allow a hacker to execute a malicious code by convincing the victim to visit the malicious web page.

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