Data61, the innovation arm of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), has announced a partnership with Germany's Hensoldt Cyber that will focus on defending against cyber attacks.Under the arrangement announced at D61+ LIVE on Wednesday, the pair will be developing a hardware-software stack to protect against cyber attacks on defence systems, smart factories, autonomous vehicles, and critical infrastructure.Data61 said the partnership will secure cyber-physical systems through seL4, which was developed by Data61's Trustworthy Systems group.The group will adapt the operating system to run on Hensoldt Cyber processors, and will extend seL4's existing correctness proofs to apply to that hardware, Data61 explained."seL4 is provably secure, but its security guarantee relies on the assumption that the underlying hardware is trustworthy," chief research scientist for Data61's Trustworthy Systems group Professor Gernot Heiser said. "We are excited to … [Read more...] about Data61 partners with Hensoldt Cyber for defence systems cyber protection
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The Federal Government’s peak security agency has recommended that departments and agencies accept the offer by troubled security vendor RSA to replace copies of its SecurID key fob identification tokens. The SecurID platform sees small devices commonly known as "key fobs" distributed to staff and customers of major organisations, who then use the randomised codes created by the fobs to authenticate their credentials when they log in to sensitive systems such as internet banking platforms or government system. However, following an attack on its head offices in the US and a subsequent attack on customer Lockheed Martin, RSA has offered to replace the tokens globally. Locally, organisations such as Westpac, ANZ Bank and the Australian Taxation Office have taken up the offer, although others such as the Commonwealth Bank and NAB have so far declined, believing their security is sufficient to weather the storm. The Defence Signals Directorate, the agency responsible for setting … [Read more...] about DSD tells agencies to replace RSA tokens
Page II: In this continuing series, we look at Australian technology companies and their struggles to turn good ideas into commercial successes.Click here for Up-and-coming Australian tech companies: Part 1 NETaccountsNETaccounts' genesis occurred when executive chairman Marc Lehmann realised there was a gap in the market for accounting tools for small businesses and investors. "Small businesses weren't able to do their accounting very well," says CTO Grant Young. The existing software was aimed at accountants, not business owners, so "we've tried to rethink the way we do things". Although NETaccounts' software still uses double-entry bookkeeping at its core, that is hidden from users. "We're working in real-world scenarios," and combined with restructured reporting that gives all the information a small business operator needs but in a simpler form, NETaccounts is more appropriate for this audience. The company realised that potential users were already comfortable with the Web due to … [Read more...] about Up-and-coming Australian tech companies: Part 2
Australia should adopt a big-science approach to its cybersecurity research, according to Dr Jackie Craig, chief of the Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division of the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), Australia's equivalent to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).By big science, Craig means blue-sky projects with "audacious" goals, along the lines of CERN's attempts to detect the Higgs boson and gravity waves."There's two really important things about big science. One is that big science has actually given birth to many many many practical inventions along the way," Craig told last week's Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference in Canberra. Latest Australian news Australian government announces 5G working group members Australian government's recklessness with medical data is symptom of deeper problems Turnbull unveils new tech ministers in Cabinet reshuffle ACCC kicks off NBN wholesale service levels inquiry Re-identification possible … [Read more...] about A ‘big science’ approach for Australian cybersecurity research?
While calling for the Australian Parliament to avoid being a forum of fearmongering, Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has issued a warning on the use of 3D printers, bomb-making instructions being available on the internet, and cyber attacks."We live in an era where disruptive technologies present genuine threats to our national security," Shorten told Parliament on Tuesday afternoon in his National Security Statement reply.Shorten warned of individuals and organisations that were embracing inexpensive technology to conduct nefarious activities."Countering the rapid adoption of emerging low-cost technologies, such as drones and cyber attacks, will be increasingly important," he said. Latest Australian news Australian government announces 5G working group members Australian government's recklessness with medical data is symptom of deeper problems Turnbull unveils new tech ministers in Cabinet reshuffle ACCC kicks off NBN wholesale service levels inquiry … [Read more...] about Shorten labels disruptive technologies as genuine national security threats