Australia has hesitated in the past to adopt a strong privacy framework. A new government review provides an opportunity to improve data protection rules to an internationally competitive standard.
It's not clear how individuals are being targeted. And while they're mostly high-profile people, that doesn't mean there's no lesson for the average person to take away.
Universities hold valuable information but are large and porous communities, with legacy IT systems often adding to the risks. But following a few basic rules can help counter cyber attacks.
Two-factor authentication is certainly an added layer of security as we traverse the online world. But it comes in various forms, and they're not all equally protective.
Most of us are probably having our data tracked in some form. And while there are regulatory safeguards in place to protect user privacy, it's hard to say whether these are enough.
A recent leakware attack targeting Johannesburg was the second of its kind ever recorded. Hackers demanded A$52,663 worth of bitcoins, in return for not releasing senstivie civilian information.
Research shows we're pretty gullible as it is. And our increasing reliance on machines for completing everyday tasks makes us all-the-more vulnerable to being exploited.
A major cyber attack on a data lake could have immense consequences for any of us. And the damage could be felt anywhere from banking to the healthcare sector.
The response to British Airways' data breach could help set new social norms for what is acceptable.
Patient information dumped on the side of the road in Brisbane recently has raised the issue of how hospitals and clinics manage their old paper records.
The government can access your phone metadata, drivers licence photo and much more. And new research shows Australians are OK about it. But that might change.
We found hundreds of local council workers willing to give out login details for government systems without realising.
There is always a tension between usability and security. People want systems to be secure so that their identities aren’t stolen, but they want those same systems to be easily accessible.
BA's handling of the latest corporate cyber attack shows a catalogue of missed opportunities.
Data breaches are fact of modern life. It's likely each of us will have our personal information compromised at some point. Here's how to reduce the risk and limit the damage if and when it occurs.
Medical practices have special requirements under the Privacy Act, but the security and privacy systems some providers currently have in place may be inadequate.
Preventing problems like Meltdown and Spectre from reocurring requires software developers to be given sufficient information about hardware to ensure security.
Uber has admitted that the 2016 data breach puts at risk the personal information of 57 million users.
The Productivity Commission’s report on data availability and use is disappointing for consumers, who won't be able to stop firms collecting their data or challenge automated decisions made using it.
You can never be entirely protected from data breaches, but understanding your data is the first step to minimising the risk.