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Thursday, 01 November 2018 06:35

Forcepoint alarmed over growing number of data breaches

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Global security firm Forcepoint has expressed alarm at the rising number of data breaches that are exposing the data of ordinary Australians to exploitation by malicious attackers.

In a statement following the announcement of the latest data breach statistics by the Office of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, Forcepoint's senior director for Australia and New Zealand, Sam Ghebranious, said: "“It is concerning to see an alarming increase in the number of incidents reported to the OAIC in 2018 till date as compared with the last year, indicating that cyber-security threats show no signs of abating."

The OAIC report said it was informed of 245 data breaches affecting personal information from July to September. This is three more than the previous quarter.

Ghebranious said that in addition to the increase, "many of these were internally driven – 20% from phishing attacks and 37% down to human error - indicating that organisations cannot ignore the threat posed within their four walls when it comes to implementing a comprehensive cyber security approach.”

Forcepoint is an arm of giant American defence contractor Raytheon.

“Cyber security is no longer simply a technology issue, it’s a business issue," Ghebranious said.

"At the rate of change in today’s world, the only constant is people. People run businesses and people produce data.

"Only when businesses seek to understand and challenge how their employees interact with and handle data will we see improvements in their cyber security posture.”

The OAIC provides no details of individual incidents, just a list of the number and types of incidents that were reported to it. The data breach legislation took effect on 22 February.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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