Posts by Niall King

Senior Director APAC Sales

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Secure Identity to Protect Your Reputation

By , July 12, 2018

Reputation is built on trust – yet the paradox in the age of access is that the only way we can build trust is to eschew it. That age-old tool of identification–the password–no longer provides any level of security and, in fact, depending upon a password for protection is probably the worst mistake one can make. Likewise, relying on technology alone, such as firewalls, malware detectors and anti-virus programs, can create a false sense of security that often causes more problems than it solves. LESSONS FROM AUSTRALIA If you doubt that assumption, look at the volume of business disruption that…

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Five Reasons to Kill Off the Password

By , June 11, 2018

Australia recognised the security problem posed by passwords through widespread media coverage of Centrify’s warning issued on World Password Day, which occurred on May 3 this year. Centrify celebrated World Password Day, which turns up annually on the first Thursday of May as a day to promote good security hygiene and password habits, by calling for the end of this outmoded form of protection. Centrify’s World Password Day warning was picked up by leading publications, including FutureFive NZ, Lifehacker and SmartCompany and led to Australia’s national broadcasting, the ABC, interviewing me on radio in New South Wales, Queensland and Radio…

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Zero Trust Security for the New Australian Data Breach Law

By , February 7, 2018

Many Australian businesses need to rethink their approach to security to prepare for their nation’s new mandatory data breach notification law which take effect this month. The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 enacts the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme in Australia from February 22 this year. The NDB scheme mandates that organizations suffering lost or breached data must notify affected customers as soon as they become aware of the breach and must also report the incident to the Privacy Commissioner. The legislation covers information such as personal details, credit reports, credit eligibility details, and tax file number (TFN) records…

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Six Cybersecurity Questions for the C-Suite

By , November 29, 2017

Countless breaches of the past year demonstrate that C-suite executives and company directors must rethink their security. Earlier this year, Equifax saw its share price drop by 13 per cent within a day of revealing a data breach while last year Yahoo suffered a $350 million cut in its sale price to Verizon after reporting data breaches affecting one billion accounts — a number that was later increased to all three billion accounts with critical information stolen, including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers, dates of birth, and hashed passwords. The devastation of these incidents, alone,…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Cybersecurity

By , October 31, 2017

Many people worry that cybersecurity involves a dark and dangerous domain full of unpredictable terrors and threats over which they have little control. The fact is that the greatest risks in the digital space result from the same causes as security vulnerabilities in the real world — poor habits. How many people do you know who leave their doors or windows unlocked at night or hide a spare key under a pot plant near the back door? In effect, they are prioritising convenience over security — a lax practice that many people emulate online by using easy-to-remember passwords or using…

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Game of Thrones Hack: Winter Has Come for Passwords

By , August 10, 2017

The recent security breach at HBO of confidential data including Game of Thrones scripts, cast personal details and administrator passwords highlights the vulnerability of password-only protection. The breach involved hackers stealing about 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO systems — more than seven times as much as the 200 gigabytes taken in the 2014 Sony hack — including scripts for five Game of Thrones episodes and two unreleased episodes of Ballers and Room 104. Passwords Alone Are Not Enough to Stop the Breach The hackers have reportedly released numerous confidential documents, including one with a list of personal phone numbers,…

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Controlling Access is the Key to Cyber Security

By , May 18, 2017

Access is the greatest opportunity and the greatest threat for businesses engaging with the online economy. Increasingly, our business systems gather, digest and disperse data throughout our operations, including confidential details about customers, employees and business partners. Mature cyber security processes are vital to protect this confidential information from unauthorised access, which can expose businesses to punishing and potentially lethal brand damage. In fact, even a cursory review of 2016 cybersecurity breaches — including the Yahoo! billion-user revelations, the DNC hack during the U.S. presidential election and the $81 million malware attack against a Bangladeshi bank — reveal their unprecedented…

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Undue Privilege Costs Cash and Undercuts Security

By , March 29, 2017

Few managers would throw their employee the keys to a big rig with two loaded trailers to pick up a pint of milk from a nearby convenience store. Apart from the problem of parking, the vehicle is massively over-specced for the job at hand, which creates unnecessary safety risks, both to the driver and to other road users. However, this is essentially what occurs each day in businesses around the world as employees are given access to privileged computer accounts that massively exceed the needs of their jobs. The result is often devastating in terms of corporate security with many…