Reports have been circulating in the media of cyber attacks aimed at Australia. These reports mention a sophisticated attack targeting Australian businesses and government departments, using a variety of methods such as exploits and phishing attacks.
A full summary from the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) can be found here.
The ACSC’s detection and mitigation recommendations are:
Prompt patching of internet-facing software, operating systems, and devices
Organisations should ensure that security patches or mitigations are applied to internet-facing infrastructure within 48 hours. Additionally, organisations, where possible, should use the latest versions of software and operating systems.
For customers on TechPath Managed IT, we look after patches for all managed devices.
Use of multi-factor authentication (MFA) across all remote access services
Multi-factor authentication should be applied to all internet-accessible remote access services, including:
- web and cloud based email
- collaboration platforms
- virtual private network connections
- remote desktop services
Multi-factor authentication is the best way to protect your business from these types of attacks. If you have not yet enabled, TechPath recommends that you do so as soon as possible, and our team are available should you require assistance. Our recent article outlines more information about the importance of MFA and why all businesses should implement.
It is important to note that this type of security attack is not new and businesses are constantly being targeted by cyber-criminals.
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