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Learn from Australian Government hack: secure enterprise data now

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Wasn’t it Einstein who figured insanity is doing the same thing over again, and expecting different results? For professionals tasked to secure enterprise data, it’s beyond time to start doing things differently. At a minimum, you need to bolster your cyber defences.

News recently that Australia’s political parties had been hacked by a “sophisticated state actor” should cause every business concern.

This latest incident comes just weeks after a malicious intrusion of the Australian parliament’s computer networks. Back in November, this breach prompted the government to order an investigation into the breach, which discovered the latest hack. 

 

High value targets

Political parties store detailed voter databases on their networks, and as such, represent high value targets. With the federal election likely to come mid-year, these cyberattacks make the threat of electoral meddling a real and present danger.

 

Big wake-up call to secure enterprise data

It is indeed a sad fact that this kind of meddling (think 2016 US presidential election) is becoming the new normal. In fact, it beggars belief that until this latest hack was unearthed, the government was hopeful that Australia’s elections would not even be on the radar for such attacks.

Crossing your fingers is no match for sophisticated hackers and dangerous malware. Make no mistake, the threat is real. And more serious than ever. When it comes to securing enterprise data, you can’t keep doing the same thing over again and expect full scale protection from the latest cybersecurity threats. Old ways of doing things and antiquated security models don’t measure up to the evolving threats.

 

Time to shore up cyber defences

When it comes to ensuring organisations have better cybersecurity protections, there is no room for complacency. In boardrooms around Australia, there is an urgent need to lift the levels of cyber protection to secure enterprise data.

Part of this process must involve employees. When it comes to the veracity of your security system, employees are typically the weakest link.

Even today, there’s a real lack of mobile data security training going on in companies across the nation. So, whereas most businesses have adopted some degree of flexible working arrangements for their employees, too many organisations have yet to adapt their security practices and policies for enterprise mobility.

Yet poor cybersecurity habits on the part of employees can potentially put organisations at risk of critical data and intellectual property loss. And with this comes the potential for lawsuits, regulatory fines, and reputational damage.

Businesses need to proactively manage the security challenges of their mobile professionals – training employees so they recognise and can deal with threats at work, at home, and on the go.

As a first step to secure enterprise data, you need to improve your data security. So, it’s important to conduct a security audit to learn exactly how your network and other security systems measure up. In this age of mobility and flexible working, it’s critical to examine all the entry points into your network and consider where they are vulnerable. These include all your workstations, communications and mobile devices.

As an essential component of any successful business, implementing strong mobile data security initiatives is now mission critical

imei Secure delivers best practices in enterprise mobility management, helping to secure enterprise data and reduce the risk of information loss. Get in touch with the team today to work out your security plan of attack.

 

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