In the 21st century, cyber-attacks are part and parcel of life. However, Australian private and public sectors have today been subject to another cyber-attack, the latest in a string of attacks that have become increasingly frequent over the course of the last few months. Given the scale and sophistication of the attack, it is most likely coordinated by a state actor.
The latest cyber-attack has not resulted in access to citizens’ data as was the case in the May phishing attack on Service NSW. However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has indicated that this attack is being treated as “malicious”.
The purpose of the Government’s announcement is to “raise awareness of this important issue,” Morrison said. In other words, the frequency and severity of state-based cyber-attacks on the various levels of government and business in Australia are expected only to rise. Whether the attacks are politically motivated is inconsequential to many businesses as it does not alter the fact that the attacks are occurring.
As well as continually updating software, operating systems and devices, the ACSC also recommends the implementation of multi-factor authentication for all remote access services. This includes web and cloud-based email, collaboration platforms, virtual private network connections and remote desktop services.
To ensure your business is doing everything it can to effectively mitigate and defend against such an attack, WiseLaw provides in-depth and holistic cyber audits. This is particularly important given the interconnectedness of organisations; another organisation’s vulnerability may also have an impact on yours.
James Dance is studying a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University. In addition to interning at WiseLaw, he is an Army Reservist and is a Communications Officer with the Deakin Law Students' Society.
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