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  • The week in security: Root-certificate stuff-ups send Dell, device makers scrambling

    Just as most people believe they are safer drivers than the people around them, new research suggests that most Australians believe they are safer online than they really are – or must be, given that cybercrime is costing Australia more than $1.2 billion annually. No wonder security analysts continue to argue that CISOs and CEOs must find a way to work together towards common objectives.

    David Braue | 30 Nov | Read more

  • CSO salaries expected to sky rocket

    By many accounts, 2015 was the year of the big data professional, with data scientists even being hailed as the “sexiest job of the year” by one study. But 2016 may emerge as the year of the chief security officer, as another new study reveals that pay for CSOs is rising faster than most every other IT job.

    David Weldon | 27 Oct | Read more

  • Security Watch: Woolworths appoints CISO

    Woolworths Australia has appointed former KPMG exec and security consultant Pieter van der Merwe as its first ever chief information security officer. Prior to van der Merwe’s appointment, Peter Cooper was responsible for the company’s cybersecurity protection but he has since moved on to GWA Group according to LinkedIn.

    Anthony Caruana | 25 May | Read more

  • Week in review: RSA conference wrap; Brandis wants private-public security alliance

    The RSA security conference in the US was on, bringing information-security professionals from around the globe – and pundits onto the stage (check out our photo gallery here). The head of RSA told security professionals they needed to get rid of old mindsets when considering security, while an expert panel concluded that giving encryption keys to the US National Security Agency (NSA) was a bad idea; other experts said a proposed key-escrow plan it just wouldn't work.

    David Braue | 27 Apr | Read more

  • The evolution of the CISO role and organizational readiness

    If we look at the headlines surrounding recent data breaches, we might conclude that the role of the chief information security officer (CISO) has never been more critical to the success and sustained well-being of an organization. As a by-product of this statement, we also might surmise that the information security organization and where it reports into is also important. This is probably why every recent CISO event includes a conversation about where the CISO and information security program should reside within an organization. The challenge is that however healthy the debate, the question about where the CISO and his/her department should report generally ends with, 'it depends'. To shift from a debate to productive action, maybe the question is not where should the CISO report into [<a

    By Brian Engle | 29 Oct | Read more

  • Lessons from The Fappening

    In case you missed it, last week's "Hashtag of the Week" was #fappening. It was a response to the hacking or leaking of hundreds of nude pictures of a number of nude celebrities. Early in the piece it was alleged that Apple's iCloud service had been hacked but the reality is far more complex.

    Anthony Caruana | 09 Sep | Read more

  • Five CISO skills critical to your success in the next five years

    There's certainly no shortage of claims regarding the current shortfall of cybersecurity professionals. These findings show up repeatedly in our surveys, most recently the 2014 Global Information Security Survey and the 2013 State of the CSO, which both revealed that the demand for skilled IT security professionals continues to strain organizations' ability to fill security positions. Finding skilled information security workers was identified as one of the greatest challenges for 31 percent of large companies.

    George V. Hulme | 14 Aug | Read more