Stories by Rohan Pearce

Ransomware hits Pitney Bowes systems

Mailing and ecommerce services company Pitney Bowes has confirmed some of its systems have been affected by a ransomware outbreak but says that there is no evidence customer data has been compromised.

NAB pushes cyber security for SMB customers

As part of an initiative in partnership with systems integrator OutcomeX, NAB will offer Cisco Umbrella to its 400,000 small and medium business customers at a “special preferential price”.

ACCC reiterates concerns over NBN pricing uncertainty for telcos

NBN Co’s use of temporary discounts to implement new product offerings has drawn renewed scrutiny from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which says it is concerned about pricing uncertainty for retail service providers (RSPs).

Is your incident response plan a living document or a dead letter?

An analysis drawing on three years’ worth of data gathered by Verizon has revealed that while many enterprises assert they have cyber security incident response plans in place, in many cases those IR plans are poorly constructed and rarely, if at all, updated or tested.

Government eyes health insurers' data to help uncover Medicare fraud

The Department of Health has launched a public consultation on proposed legislation that would lay the basis for increased data-matching between government entities in order to uncover fraudulent or incorrect Medicare claims. The proposal could also see the data provided from private health insurers automatically matched against government data holdings to red flag potential fraud.

Cyber security needs rebels

Cyber security needs “rascals” not hand-raisers who won’t question authority. But the problem is that the education system is not typically geared towards generating the kind of rebellious spirits that the sector needs, according to UNSW professor of cyber security Richard Buckland.

How Slack helps Iress innovate and ship code

Slack’s communications platform has played a key role in helping Australian-headquartered financial software publisher Iress promote collaboration among its geographically dispersed workforce. However, it is also central to the build pipelines of Iress’ developers as well as playing a key role when it comes to the ops.