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OpSys on compliance clock – cso.com.au

An Adelaide security specialist anticipates its new, hosted instance of enterprise-grade security software will drive strong demand from small to medium enterprises (SMEs) struggling to pay the “insane” costs required to run such platforms and staff the security operations centre (SOC) to support them.

OpSys, which has already established itself as a cybersecurity consultancy with strong ties to the South Australia-based defence industry, this month launched a hosted instance of FireEye’s Helix security platform that it is now reselling to SMBs on a per-endpoint basis.

The firm has also established a SOC to support its customers and is looking for more security staff – it currently employs a pair of FireEye-certified engineers – to join a team that is available to co-ordinate incident responses for even small businesses.

“We’ve been able to deliver a top-end enterprise platform to the SME space,” managing director Matthew Fabri told CSO Australia. Those capabilities are normally elusive not only because of their high licensing costs but because strong market demand has driven up the cost of specialised security staff to support them.

“If you look at what a top-end security specialist costs these days, the types of people you’re going to get to your business are only going to be there for a short amount of time,” Fabri said, noting that combining the licensing costs of a high-end security platform and the salaries of skilled security specialists had pushed the “insane cost of running a proper, secure facility” well into the six figures per year – well out of the reach of most SMEs. “These small businesses don’t have the millions of dollars to inject into a cybersecurity posture.”


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Adelaide start-up takes FireEye’s Helix to small customers – arnnet.com.au

South Australian managed services start-up OpSys has set up a dedicated security operations centre in Adelaide after leveraging what it claims is the first local deployment of the FireEye Helix intelligence security platform.

The dedicated, air-gapped centre will enable future advanced investigations of threats and complement the existing capabilities of the Helix platform to detect and respond to threats. It is also in the process of building a dedicated data centre for the service.


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SA stages mock cyber attack – ia.acs.org.au

The South Australian government has staged a mock cyber attack to test the readiness of local companies trying to bid for lucrative defence industry contracts.

The staged attack, as part of the cybersecurity industry forum in Adelaide, was carried out by Defence SA and Defence Teaming Centre, and aimed to demonstrate the threat that these forms of attack pose to national security, defence, financial and administrative systems.

The demonstrations included phishing emails, malware and computer scams allowing hackers to steal files, access information and completely take over entire systems, South Australia Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said.


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Hackers eye rural, regional businesses left vulnerable to attacks, experts warn – abc.net.au

While many people think companies bidding for massive defence projects or global corporations are targets of hackers, the truth is small businesses in regional and rural Australia are just as vulnerable.

Cybersecurity firm FireEye’s Tim Wellsmore said hackers were often out to show off their skills before they graduated to making it a career.

“This happens everyday, and across every state in Australia,” he said.


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South Australia aims to lead the nation in cyber resilience – premier.sa.gov.au

Defence sector firms and supply chain businesses must be cyber business ready, cyber capable and cyber prepared in order to win more defence sector work.

Ahead of this morning’s cyber security industry forum, Minister for Defence Industries Martin Hamilton-Smith said cybercrime is now the seventh biggest global economic threat and will cost Australia an estimated A$16 billion over the next decade and US$294 billion globally.

A mock cyber attack at this morning’s forum being held at UniSA’s City West Campus will demonstrate the real and present threat to national security, defence, financial and administrative systems.

Defence SA and Defence Teaming Centre will stage the mock attack as part of its industry forum aimed at improving the cyber resilience and capabilities of South Australian companies bidding for work in the lucrative defence industry.

The forum, the third in a series, will include practical demonstrations of cyber-attacks and threats, including phishing emails, malware and computer scams that allow hackers to steal files, access sensitive information and paralyse entire systems. It will also update industry on other new threats and protective cyber initiatives.


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