The Australian Cyber Security Center (ACSC) urges organizations to make efforts to protect themselves from cybercriminals, especially after publishing a report with statistics on violations data, which showed that there was an increase in malicious and criminal activity on the Internet.
According to the report published by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), malicious activity was found to be the main cause of data breaches in the 64% quarter of notifications, an increase from the previous quarter of 57%.
According to the ACSC Director, the report is an additional reminder that Australia's trade secrets are an attractive target for cybercriminals and credentials are the easy way to penetrate data. Indeed, he said that there have been several cyber-security incidents in the last three months, and they seem to have exploited vulnerabilities that include a human factor, such as clicking on phishing E-mail and the disclosure of codes. ACSC has worked with OAIC to manage strategies to protect against such incidents in organizations and agencies.
According to ACSC there is no "space" for complacency, since as early as December the Australian government has confirmed that there has been a worldwide hack of Manager Service Providers, including organizations in the country. In response, ACSC has announced the release of a program to improve the defenses around the country. More specifically, Manager Service Providers were asked to sign up for their program and show their commitment to protect themselves and their customers. The importance of the program was greatly emphasized, as malicious and criminal attacks for more than 168 data violations occurred in the last quarter while the human factor error was calculated for 85 data breaches and the system error for 9. More information on the December report can be found here.