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Microsoft
8x more users attacked via old Microsoft Office vulnerability in Q2
"Criminals craft malicious documents and convince their victims to open them through social engineering techniques."
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Email scams
HelpSystems shines light on impact of response-based threats
Response-based attacks targeting corporate inboxes have climbed to their highest volume since 2020, representing 41% of all email-based scams.
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Cybersecurity
Education sector seeing highest volumes of cyber attacks
When breaking down the numbers to education attacks by region in July 2022, A/NZ was the most heavily attacked.
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Cyber attacks
Dramatic uptick in threat activity with exploits growing nearly 150%
"While it’s not a surprise given increased attack opportunities like remote work, it’s still a worrying development and one we cannot ignore."
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Cybersecurity
Australian IT security concerns higher than before pandemic
Australian organisations are more concerned about cyberattacks than they were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey.
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Ransomware
Hive, LockBit, BlackCat ransomware gangs attack same network
Each ransomware gang left its own ransom demand, and some of the files were triple encrypted, according to a new report from Sophos.
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Cybersecurity
Palo Alto Networks responds to rise in threats with MDR service
Unit 42 Managed Detection and Response is a new service that can offer continuous 24/7 threat detection, investigation and response.
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Ransomware
Majority of execs in SEA anticipate ransomware attacks
Kaspersky's study uncovers that more than half believe a ransomware attack against their business is too small to worry about.
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Phishing
Phishing, software vulnerabilities cause 70% of cyber incidents
The heavy use of software vulnerabilities matches the opportunistic behaviour of threat actors who scour the internet for vulnerabilities and weak points.
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Check Point
Ransomware now impacts 1 out of 40 organisations a week
Retailers and the wholesale sector saw the largest spike in ransomware attacks, with an alarming increase of 182%.
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Indusface
Why enhancing bot protection for web and API endpoints matters
The trouble with bots is that they aren’t all bad. Unfortunately, this can make it challenging to detect malicious bots that find their way into your system and threaten your business.
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Ransomware
Cyber threats impacting Australian and New Zealand businesses
Businesses across Australia and New Zealand continue to be targeted by cybercriminals as technology advances, and attacks have become increasingly sophisticated. 
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Ransomware
Cyber-preparedness about informed business leadership
Kiwi businesses should re-think how they respond to ransomware attacks as they become more common, says Accenture.
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Cybersecurity
Australians lose $300 million to scams in first half of 2022
The total losses from January to June 2022 have more than doubled compared to the first half of 2021, where Australians lost a combined $139 million.
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Data Protection
Aqua Security unveils out-of-the-box runtime protection
Aqua Security has launched out-of-the-box runtime protection with minimal configuration to stop attacks in real-time on running workloads.
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Security
Small security teams facing greater risks than large orgs
"The survey show how these security experts continue to adapt their protection strategies in response to the ongoing wave of cyber attacks."
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Ransomware
Zero-day attacks climb as hackers get more sophisticated
Hackers are moving fast to exploit security vulnerabilities. There was a surge in widespread zero-day attacks last year, with the average time to exploitation down from 42 days in 2020 to just 12 days in 2021. 
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Phishing
1 in 3 untrained employees will click on a phishing link
"Given that most data breaches originate from social engineering, we cannot afford to omit the human element."
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Cybersecurity
Almost half of businesses experienced a cyberattack last year
The travel and leisure, retail and wholesale, and business services industries were the top three sectors most at risk.
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DevOps
Securing shadow IT – May the force be with you!
So-called "shadow IT" is often invisible to security and IT staff, making organisations' cyber attack surfaces bigger than they realise, and less secure.
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Ransomware
Mid-sized businesses need to prioritise cybersecurity preparedness
The onslaught of ransomware attacks has catapulted cybersecurity to the forefront of global business operations.
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Ransomware
Businesses unprepared to defend against ransomware attacks
Ransomware attacks continue to impact organisations worldwide with high costs, but businesses are still largely unprepared.
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Cyber Criminal
Identity and access: the fight is on
Blue team defenders are used to protecting our data, applications, and users with access controls and other security mechanisms, which is why attacks like this are especially challenging when they target identity and access control systems.
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WatchGuard Technologies
Ransomware volume doubled 2021 total by end of Q1 2022
Ransomware detections in the first quarter of this year doubled the total volume reported for 2021, according to a new report.