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Application whitelisting is the practice of specifying an index of approved software applications to run on a computer system. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (Australian Government’s lead on national cybersecurity) categorises application whitelisting as one of the eight essential cyber risk mitigation strategies. 

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Password security remains one of the most neglected topics in the cyber world. Despite increasing awareness in this space, there are still a number of people using ‘1234546’ or ‘password’ to secure their account! Here are a few basic tips for the general public to strengthen your passwords:

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Privasec team was in Melbourne this week at the Australian Utility Week Conference.

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Our APAC Cyber Security Advisor, Shamane Tan, was on the panel for the ISACA Summit in Sydney this week. Shamane shared her views on skill shortage in the industry and good hiring practices. Here are a few tips from Shamane:

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The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is mandated by the major payment brands (MasterCard, Visa, Amex, JCB and Discover) for organisations that handle payment card data. The PCI DSS defines the minimum security controls needed to protect cardholder data. If you process, store, or transmit payment card data, you are required to comply with PCI DSS. Merchants that accept payment via debit or credit cards and service providers that process payment card data are required to comply with the standard.

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Even some of the most accomplished IT professionals are not sure about the difference between a vulnerability scan and a penetration test. Here are three basic differences between the two terms:

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Privasec’s COO, Karan Khosla has been invited to participate in the panel discussion at the Australian Utility Week, the leading digital utility expo in the Australasia region.

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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.

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