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Dark web
Beware the darkverse and its cyber-physical threats 
A darkverse of criminality hidden from law enforcement could quickly evolve to fuel a new industry of metaverse-related cybercrime.
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Gaming
Attacks on gaming companies more than double over past year
The State of the Internet report shows gaming companies and gamer accounts are at risk, following a surge in web application attacks post pandemic.
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Artificial Intelligence
Exclusive: NZ-based DEFEND offers global cyber protection
DEFEND supports customers in 66 countries across the globe with a relentless focus on ensuring that every dollar spent on security provides a meaningful return on investment and reduces cyber risk.
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Cybersecurity
Palo Alto Networks responds to rise in threats with MDR service
Unit 42 Managed Detection and Response is a new service that can offer continuous 24/7 threat detection, investigation and response.
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SaaS
Claroty launches new cloud-based industrial cybersecurity platform
The company says Claroty xDome is the industry's first solution to deliver the ease and scalability of SaaS without compromising on visibility, protection, and monitoring controls.
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Data Protection
Cloud privacy, data protection more complex than on-prem
In the past 12 months, over a third of Australian businesses (36%) experienced a cloud-based data breach or failed audit. 
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Cybersecurity
Optic Security Group on Australia recruitment drive
Trans-Tasman security integrator looks to meet the twin challenges of high client project demand tight & labour market supply with new opportunities.
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Ransomware
Ivanti and SentinelOne partner on patch management solution
Ivanti and SentinelOne will integrate their technologies Ivanti Neurons for Patch Management and SentinelOne's Singularity XDR platform.
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Cybersecurity
Qualys develops EASM capabilities for Cloud Platform
"Qualys unique approach to EASM is integrating the internal and external asset data from CyberSecurity Attack Management with its VMDR solution into a single view."
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Ransomware
Majority of execs in SEA anticipate ransomware attacks
Kaspersky's study uncovers that more than half believe a ransomware attack against their business is too small to worry about.
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Cybersecurity
FirstWave responds to SMB demand for better cybersecurity
FirstWave developed the CyberCision Open Security Management Platform to respond to SMBs 'urgent' need for comprehensive cyber protection.
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Cybersecurity
More than a fifth of cybersecurity teams ban the use of public WiFi
Verizon’s fifth annual Mobile Security Index report has revealed a continued rise in significant cyberattacks in the last year involving a mobile/IoT device.
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Phishing
Top universities lagging on basic cybersecurity - report
Universities in Australia, the US and the UK are lagging on basic cybersecurity measures, creating higher risks of email-based impersonation attacks.
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Sustainability
Phronesis Security achieves B-Corp certified status
Phronesis Security has become the first cyber security company in Australia to achieve the coveted B Corp certification, having been certified since June 2022. 
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Phishing
Phishing, software vulnerabilities cause 70% of cyber incidents
The heavy use of software vulnerabilities matches the opportunistic behaviour of threat actors who scour the internet for vulnerabilities and weak points.
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Check Point
Ransomware now impacts 1 out of 40 organisations a week
Retailers and the wholesale sector saw the largest spike in ransomware attacks, with an alarming increase of 182%.
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Cybersecurity
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams - An update from Puppet
Tony Green joins us today to discuss how organisations can use automation to implement the Essential Eight maturity model recommended by the Australian Cyber Security Center.
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Cybersecurity
CERT NZ helps open source community with upgrade of Samba
A collaboration between CERT NZ, Catalyst and the open source community has created a major update for Samba, making it more secure.
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Malware
Bitdefender supports Amazon GuardDuty for advanced threat detection
Bitdefender antimalware technology provides AWS customers with advanced threat detection to identify malware, zero-day attacks, and malicious activity. 
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Ransomware
Cyber-preparedness about informed business leadership
Kiwi businesses should re-think how they respond to ransomware attacks as they become more common, says Accenture.
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Microsoft
EY launches cybersecurity centers in NZ amidst rising cyber threats
EY says its launching two of its globally recognised cyber security centers, one in Auckland and the second in Wellington, with a potential third in Christchurch. 
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Storage
Pure Storage revolutionises St George’s Hospital systems
Pure Storage has modernised St George’s Hospital’s data storage environment to ensure round-the-clock, high-speed access to critical patient information.
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Cybersecurity
Australians lose $300 million to scams in first half of 2022
The total losses from January to June 2022 have more than doubled compared to the first half of 2021, where Australians lost a combined $139 million.
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Ransomware
Business services top target of ransomware attacks
Trellix has released The Threat Report: Summer 2022, analysing cybersecurity trends and attack methods from the first quarter of 2022.