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  • Aussie spooks give BlackBerry PlayBook thumbs up

    The Defence Signals Directorate has certified the BlackBerry PlayBook for use by the government. The DSD stamp of approval now means government agencies can use the device for accessing data classified as 'protected' or 'restricted'.

  • DSD releases Cloud computing guide for agencies

    Australian intelligence agency Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has urged government agencies to conduct a risk assessment to determine the viability of Cloud computing technology before jumping head first.

  • Social engineering remains biggest cyber threat

    Despite increases in the number and capability of botnets for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, social engineering remains one of the largest cyber security threats to IT infrastructure according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

  • Australian mining company hacks the tip of the iceberg

    Despite the recent spotlight on the security risks to local mining companies operating in China, the greatest threat to Australian organisations is corporate espionage, rather than state-sponsored hacking, a security expert has warned.

  • DSD gets Cray supercomputer

    The agency responsible for combating cyber security threats to Australia, the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), has taken charge of a Cray Inc supercomputer.

  • Federal Government unveils cyber warfare centre

    The Federal Government has moved to step up its cyber warfare defence capabilities with the opening of the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) announced as part of the Defence White Paper released last year.

  • ABS flags iPhones, USB keys as a security threats

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has acknowledged that USB keys and mobile devices such as iPhones are introducing security threats into its internal IT environment. In tender documents, the ABS said that while it deployed intrusion detection/prevention systems in the gateway environment to meet Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) requirements for an external facing government network, its internal environment remains vulnerable.