Top Talks at COSAC – Sydney, December 2018

Last week Michael Price, Ahmed ElAshmawy and Chris Blunt from Axenic were fortunate enough to make the trip across the Tasman to Sydney for the 2nd annual COSAC APAC Security Conference.  All 3 had the chance to speak to the attendees and without any bias, Michael shares his take on the Top Talk and some other notable mentions.

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Remember Your Security ABCs

....to help everyday people be safer online.

In the information security industry, we are provided plenty of top-lists and guidance that help us identify information security threats, and determine security controls to mitigate these threats.

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Who cares about unique identifiers?

Almost everyone has been on the receiving end of a request to provide photo identification (most commonly a drivers’ licence or a passport) when applying for a bank account, or purchasing a new mobile phone, or some similar account-based transaction. The person making the request typically either writes down the details of the document or photocopies it. But there is one piece of information that should not be captured unless there is a legitimate reason to – the unique identifier.
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Are Smart Meters really collecting ‘torrents’ of Personal Information?

Last week the Dominion Post published a front-page article stating that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) had found that smart meters were collecting a “torrent of personal information”. It appears that the media relishes creating hysteria about privacy in the hope that we all beat a retreat from digital-enabled age because our personal information is being ‘stolen’ by corporate businesses and government agencies.

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Default deny

Earlier this week Mandiant released a report about an advanced persistent threat APT1  , where they reveal evidence of cyber espionage targeting a variety of organisations around the world.

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