Turnbull calls for more openness surrounding data breaches

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The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for more communication around computer security breaches, as a method to protect others. For the government's part, Turnbull owned up to the attack on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology that became public in December, as well as stating the Department of Parliamentary Services suffered a similar attack in the past. "It's very important that we have a more open culture in this area and we have to lead by example," Turnbull told reporters after launching the government's AU 240 million Cyber Security Strategy today. "It's only when people acknowledge there has been a breach that we can actually learn from it and everyone can learn from it ... Often this is because of a flaw in a software system that is widely used, and so the more we understand about what has happened in one place enables us to protect the others." One company praised by Turnbull was Kmart, which experienced a data breach in October last year that saw the personal details of its online customers accessed.


Can AI Become Our New Cybersecurity Sheriff?

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Two hospitals in Ohio and West Virginia turned patients away due to a ransomware attack that led to a system failure. The hospitals could not process any emergency patient requests. Hence, they sent incoming patients to nearby hospitals. It is due to incidents like these that cyber threats are one of the top concerns for several industry leaders today. However, such situations can be avoided with modern technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.


Cyberbit: A military approach to training cyber security teams

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There's a war raging between criminal hackers and corporate computer defense systems -- and when it comes to wars, military organizations know how to fight them best. The Israeli military is known for the high quality of its cybersecurity training, and that's what Cyberbit's Cyber Range offers: The same military-grade training and simulation systems. Also: Pentagon documents the military's growing domestic drone use Cyberbit was founded in 2015 as a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, a leading Israeli defense contractor. Its goal is to commercialize the cybersecurity training and technologies Elbit had developed in its work with Israel's military and government agencies. Distributing this former military technology more widely makes sense in today's world, because all companies are essentially on the front lines of a raging cyber war.


NHS ransomware cyber-security hero: I was panicking

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The British cyber-security expert who defeated the Wannacry cyber-attack has revealed he briefly thought he might have helped it spread.


Artificial Intelligence: The New Cybersecurity Sheriff?

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Forbes published an intriguing story about the capacity of AI to serve as a kind of cybersecurity sheriff. Published on February 6, the story stated that AI has already displayed limitless potential in applications across different industries. That much is certainly true. It goes on to say that deploying AI for cybersecurity solutions will help protect organizations from existing cyber threats and help identify newer malware types too. Additionally, AI-powered cybersecurity systems can ensure effective security standards and help in the creation of better prevention and recovery strategies.