Cyber Security

| June 19, 2017

Forbes estimates that the costs of cyber crime will reach 2 trillion by 2019 and suggests that cyber security should be our biggest concern in 2017.

How do we, as a nation, ensure we have the technology, and also the skillset, to combat massive data breaches of these kinds? How do our governments regulate a threat that has permeable borders and no global framework?

PM Malcolm Turnbull has stated that cyber security is the ‘new frontier of warfare, espionage’. How do we eradicate safe places for criminals to hide without violating human rights? Do new data breach laws go far enough, and what are the arguments connected to allowing security agencies access to encrypted messaging? Is blockchain the answer to protecting our assets? What are malware, ghostware and the Internet of Things?

We will tackle these questions over the next two months and invite you to contact Emma at ejohnson@openforum.com.au, as an expert or a troglodyte alike, to pose your own Q&A and contribution to the forum.

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Emma Johnson
Emma is editor of Open Forum. Her modus operandi is to encourage engagement in community and society at large. Previously a lawyer, she understands that nothing is ever black or white, this knowledge lends itself well to the beast that is public policy.

One Comment

  1. Alan Douglas

    September 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Cyber Security
    Cyber security prospers on three human traits – laziness, greed and stupidity. Most of the problems we have been faced with are the result of companies or individuals not keeping their operating systems up to date. When I was working as a systems analyst it was understood that the companies which worked with the new technology (i.e. had the systems development under the direct control of one of the directors) were the ones that were forging ahead. Those which had little control or apparent interest of the Board were lagging behind. This is still the case. We have an amazingly useful tool at our disposal but have few people willing or able to appreciate its potential.
    We often hear about ‘businessmen’ who have lost large amounts to scams of varying types. An analysis of these scams by organizations such as Emsisoft indicates that they all rely on greed, either for money or other considerations like sex or something for nothing.
    The organizations which make their money in the computer security area produce programs which are generally 90 – 98% effective, yet many people still get hurt. Trust is one concept which is used in cyber crime: it is easier to trust a stranger than check him/her out. Our government agencies are to blame as much as anyone else.
    The tax office bought a lot of memory devices from China a while back. They were infected with a virus which transmitted data back to China. But they were cheap and we mostly assume that buying from a factory is safe. The US, China and Russia have all tried the same stunt with varying degrees of success. Putting a free, cheap or ‘found’ memory device onto a secure computer is absolute stupidity. Everyone knows this but many assume it won’t happen to them. I have friends who use the ‘Russian mafia’ to download pirated software. This is an ideal way to compromise your computer, yet they do it in the hope they won’t be clobbered. It is a standing joke amongst them that they can always format C. This, however, isn’t the point. You are not always aware when your machine has been taken over and hence infects others. This is the same concept as the current inoculation debate – it won’t effect me.

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