Telstra has announced that it will be launching a new suite of managed security services and two new cybersecurity centres in Melbourne and Sydney. According to Neil Campbell, Telstra’s director of Security Solutions, the offerings will be ready for customers by July 19, with the aim to make the cybersecurity challenge easier for organisations to deal with.
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“We’re taking this opportunity to rethink and reinvent really our product portfolio very much with that mindset of ‘it’s not enough to offer point solutions, it’s not enough to focus on today’s problem’,” Campbell told ZDNet.
“We need to help our customers and help the community to improve its cybersecurity resilience, to be more ready for attacks, more resilient against them, and therefore be more profitable, have more confidence in using the internet, and that confidence and reduction in interruption will play right across the entire spectrum through consumer and small business to enterprise, and should ultimately result in better gross domestic product outcome.”
Telstra said its new managed security services depart from traditional approaches, which Campbell labelled as being “slow and cumbersome and reactive”.
“Our new managed security services technology platform is built on open source, in part so that we can democratise that kind of SIM layer — security, information, management layer — we’re trying to make technology more available to a broader part of the market at a more cost-effective rate so that we can help to raise that base level of security, not just in enterprise but pushing down into the mid-market, who wouldn’t previously have been able to afford services like this,” Campbell said.
“The first set of offerings will be what you think of as traditional managed security services — managed firewall, managed intrusion prevention — and it will be that full stack … it will give us the ability to manage the vast majority of security infrastructure that a customer needs to operate.
“Using an open-source platform in a very much more cost-effective way giving the customer the kind of transparency they need, but also using technologies like big data to prepare ourselves on behalf of our customers for the kind of massive event flows that we will see as we see a greater uptake of Internet of Things connecting to their network.”
Telstra made its announcements off the back of the release of its annual cybersecurity report, which revealed that the rate of “business-interrupting” cyber attacks have doubled in the past year in the Asia-Pacific region. Telstra’s Cyber Security Report 2017, released on Wednesday, showed that 59 percent of organisations in both Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region surveyed reported one security breach at minimum on a monthly basis during 2016.
Campbell said the results being mirrored in APAC show that it is not merely an Australian problem.
“This is very much an industry challenge,” Campbell told ZDNet. Of the respondents to Telstra’s report survey, 42.2 percent were from Australia; 16.7 percent from India; 14.4 percent from Singapore; 13.6 percent from Indonesia and the Philippines; and 13.1 percent from Hong Kong. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have also grown significantly over the year, with Telstra’s report citing Imperva experiencing 100 percent growth of network- and application-layer attacks and Akamai reporting a 71 percent increase in total global DDoS attacks.
According to the report, ransomware was the most downloaded malware in the Asia-Pacific region during the year, with around 60 percent of Australian businesses experiencing at least one incident in the 12-month period. Of those that experienced a ransomware incident, 42 percent paid the ransom. However, nearly 33 percent of organisations facing a ransomware demand never recovered their files, despite paying up.
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Telstra reported the top ransomware botnet in the region as being Locky, which carried out 74 percent of all attacks, followed by CryptoWall, at 14 percent; Cerber, at 11 percent; TorrentLocker, at 0.5 percent, CryptXXX and TeslaCrypt, both at 0.04 percent; VirLock, at 0.03 percent; and Cerberus, at 0.00005 percent of all ransomware demands.
“Obviously, ransomware is big business now, a big focus for cybercriminals,” Campbell said, adding that businesses can avoid getting themselves in a situation where they are susceptible to ransomware demands.
“The absolute most important thing is backup, backup, backup, and then backup again. And make sure that your backup strategy runs frequently enough and has enough layers in it that it is a combination of on-premises and off-premises storage,” he said. According to Campbell, SMBs do not back up their files as diligently as larger organisations, with ransomware attackers relying on the “sweet spot” in the market where information is business-critical, but where businesses are far less likely to have a strong backup regime.
Businesses also need to implement a better security system to begin with, Campbell said.
“Backup is — you’re kind of treating a symptom. You also need to take on the cause, which is the malware arriving on your network in the first place,” he explained.
“So a better approach to end-point security, a better approach to perimeter security, will always stand you in good stead. You don’t apply security in single, thin layers; you apply security in depth.”
Telstra’s new cybersecurity offerings will also enable organisations to battle the ransomware problem, Campbell said.
“When you think about managed security services, that service will enable organisations to more rapidly detect attacks, both attempts and successful, and be in a better position to respond to those attacks and eradicate the cause of the attack before any significant damage is done.”
Telstra’s new offerings were partly inspired by the Australian government’s own cybersecurity initiatives — beginning with its cybersecurity strategy launched in April last year — according to Campbell.
“I’m really heartened by how the government has been driving cybersecurity in Australia,” he said.
“I think it’s fair to say that that in part has been an inspiration, certainly an input to our strategy. I think the government has it right in that this is a societal issue: You can’t address cybercrime by going to each individual affected party and trying to fix the symptom of cybercrime one by one. You have to take a far more systemic or national … approach to it.”
Campbell hailed the government for backing up its policy with action by opening its first Joint Cyber Security Centre in Brisbane last month. The government also opened its Cyber Security Growth Centre opened in December and announced AU$1.9 million in funding for universities to deliver specialised cybersecurity training and become Academic Centres of Cyber Security.
Telstra is also satisfied with the “massive increase” in the level of involvement now being seen from C-level executives across Australia, Campbell said, which shows that companies are focused on driving progress.
“Cybersecurity within an organisation has to be a top-down focus,” he said.
“We need to see executives recognising the importance, incorporating cybersecurity into their risk-management programs and then driving improvement through the organisation, and tracking it as rigorously as they would any other significant risk.”
While Telstra is backing the effectiveness of its new system, Campbell said it is imperative that businesses accept that some cyber attacks will be successful; otherwise, they won’t be prepared for when an attack does succeed.
“An attack will be successful,” he said.
“The whole industry needs to get over that.”
Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
By: Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
A 22-year-old police officer died in Oklahoma on Monday morning after he and a man exchanged gunfire when the man ran during a traffic stop Sunday night, Tecumseh police said.
The officer, identified as 22-year-old Justin Terney, died of his injuries. The suspected gunman remained hospitalized Monday morning.
Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said Terney was shot multiple times after stopping a vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Benson Park Road and Gordon Cooper Drive. Kidney said Terney was working with dispatchers to verify information given by one of the vehicle s passengers, a man, after becoming suspicious that he might have been giving Terney false information. As dispatchers were telling Terney that it appeared the man had an active warrant for his arrest, the man ran from the stopped vehicle and toward nearby woods, Kidney said. Terney fired a stun gun at the man.
The (stun gun) doesn t have any effect on (the suspect) and he continues running through a wooded area, over a fence, Kidney said. About 25 yards inside that fence area, the officer and the suspect both exchanged gunfire.
Authorities took both the suspect, whose identity was not immediately known, and Terney to a hospital, where Terney underwent surgery for hours overnight. Kidney confirmed that Terney, who had been shot about three times, died Monday morning. The suspected gunman remained in intensive care with four gunshot wounds, according to KFOR. Terney joined Tecumseh s police force about a year ago.
My department s not doing good, Kidney said Monday morning, adding that in the 22 years he has been with the department and the 38 years the chief has been with the department, this is the first officer-involved shooting for Tecumseh police.
We haven t had to live through this yet, he said. We need everybody to rally around and support us.
ARVADA, Colo. — No longer will Chris Cline have to return home to a cold, dark storage unit. No longer will he have to work as an overnight security guard hardly able to pay his bills. Thanks to scores of Denver7 viewers, he has a new job and is on a path to long-term sustainability. The Colorado Dodge Challengers Club lives by a simple principle: ‘Go big or go home.’
The club members know power can be addictive, especially as they rev the engines of their Dodge Challengers.
“707,” Christine McClatchey says of the horsepower on her new Dodge Challenger Hellcat. It looks and, in part, sounds like a jet engine.
“Many times it does feel that way, yes,” she said.
Though she adores the vehicle, which she nicknamed “The Duckanator,” she’s put a different kind of power into overdrive through the club.
“We are obviously huge supporters of military veterans and that has a very obvious segue into law enforcement as well,” McClatchey said. In the last year and a half, the club began giving back to the community. Their first project was a fundraiser they held in the name of Jaimie Jursevics, a Colorado state trooper who died in the line of duty in 2015.
“That is actually cut from her uniform,” McClatchey said of a patch she framed and placed on a wall inside her home.
She said Jursevics’s family gave her the patch as a way to express gratitude for the fundraiser. The club has also hosted other fundraisers in recent months for various causes and organizations such as a local children’s hospital. Through their philanthropic efforts, they decided to assist Chris Cline after seeing his story on Denver7.
One of the club members gave him a place to stay for free. Then, other club members launched a GoFundMe online fundraiser to try to help him pay down outstanding debts and fund various needs he put off for the last few years — including veterinary care for his dog, Anywyn, and vehicle maintenance.
For as much power as they have in their vehicles, she agrees that they’ve found a greater sense of power in trying to make a difference.
“I want this to be right for him going forward and our whole club does,” McClatchey said.
Cline lands new job
Through the roughly 750 car club members, Cline connected with Tiffany Jackson, who leads Compass Management and manages roughly a dozen properties.
“They said, ‘Would you be interested in interviewing with her,’ and I said, ‘Of course,'” he said.
“When I founded this company, when I launched this company, a big part of my business plan was to hire vets,” Jackson said. She had never met Cline, but she heard of his living situation in the storage unit and wanted to help. Jackson said Cline, and other veterans like him, would fit her company well.
“They learn organization, they learn facilities, they learn distribution, they learn structure,” she said. “[They have] hard work, work ethic,” she said.
Beginning Monday, Cline will assist her in maintaining all of her properties. Cline will leave behind the overnight security job he held for roughly five years. Instead, he’ll have better hours and comfortably better pay with Compass. Jackson said he’ll also have room to grow in his new job.
“I’m excited about where the company can go with him in place,” she said.
Eventually, once Cline is in his new gig, he’ll find a new place of his own to call home.
“Once I have that, it’s just a matter of getting used to a new lifestyle, a new place anyway — and living like a normal person,” he laughed. “They’re giving me more than I could have ever hoped, honestly.”
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