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Smart meters – maturing in cyber security but still at risk?

By Garry Bentlin, National Director of Cyber Security, Deloitte, and Roger Jeffrey, Consulting Partner, Deloitte Energy & Resources Data security is a critical focus area for modern, digital utilities, with smart meters at the frontline for potential attack. Garry Bentlin and Roger Jeffrey outline the key risks utilities need to consider when it comes to […]

Asset management for critical infrastructure: the cornerstone of modern life

Managers of critical infrastructure, such as water, electricity, and transport networks, have more tools available to them than ever before to ensure safe and efficient operation. At the same time, public and government expectations regarding the management of these assets, and delivery of their critical services have never been higher. Technology moves at a rapid […]

OECD report raises NBN questions

A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted a number of questions concerning the nbn rollout. Economic Survey of Australia 2017 found that across the OECD distribution, broadband prices are relatively high and penetration is low, most notably at higher speeds. For example, according to OECD data Australia has […]

Is the cybersecurity skills shortage real?

You may have heard the recent lament about a shortage of skills in the cybersecurity sector, an idea that rose to prominence in 2016. But is there actually a shortage of skills in the sector? At Secure Utilities, we have the answers. Ricki Burke, Information Security Recruiter and founder of CyberSec People, an information security […]

Australians may have to pay for FTTP upgrades

In a Senate Estimates hearing, nbn CEO, Bill Morrow, said that Australians may need to pay extra for future upgrades on Fibre-to-the-node services.   “If people said, ‘Not only do I want 50 megabits per second (Mbps), I want 200, and I’m willing to pay the difference between 50 and 200 because of incremental utility […]

Secure Utilities is only two weeks away

Secure Utilities, the Melbourne event showcasing the latest ideas in data security, is only two weeks away, and with cyber attacks specifically targeting the energy sector on the rise, it can’t come soon enough for utilities. The energy industry is the most targeted private sector for cyber attacks, with the highest number of compromised systems, […]

Employees the weak link in data security

Human error is the biggest risk factor in data security breaches, with some of the most likely culprits being poor passwords, uninformed users and carelessness. As cyber attackers get more sophisticated, organisations must make appropriate preparations to limit damage. Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report found that the majority of breaches exploited human nature. The […]

Creating amazing cyber security teams

With 17 years’ experience in information technology and security management between them, Rachel Zainey and Richard Sengmany know how to put together a crack cyber security team, and they’ll be sharing their expertise at the upcoming Secure Utilities.   The pair, both Principal Consultants of Governance Risk and Compliance at Enex Carbon, will be delivering […]

Defending against denial-of-service attacks

Professor Chris Leckie is fighting back against denial-of-service attacks. With over two decades’ experience researching artificial intelligence (AI) and data mining, Professor Leckie is using his expertise to improve cyber security and mitigate denial-of-service attacks, which attempt to use traffic from multiple sources to overwhelm online infrastructure and take it down. At the upcoming Secure […]

Employees a utility’s greatest cyber security risk

Simon Smith says that when it comes to cyber security, a utility’s employees are its biggest risk. With over 20 years’ experience in cyber security, Mr Smith will explain how to protect staff against the cyber attack strategies like social engineering at Secure Utilities, a Melbourne event helping keep utilities up to date with the […]

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