Assurance & Risk

Christmas in July – Beware the Grinch

The ATO has reported that this time of year and the months that follow, often sees a spike in a range of scams aimed at tricking people into providing sensitive information or paying non-existent fees that can see them out of pocket for thousands of dollars.

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Serious security concerns for Australia’s cyber conscious CEOs

Despite the attention being paid to cyber security, the readiness of companies to mitigate attacks is low. Just 57 percent of CEOs feel fully prepared for a cyber-attack.

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The New Payments Platform: fraudsters will be ready but will we?

With 35 countries implemented, or scheduled to move to near real time payments systems a new world of opportunity for fraudulent payments is also opening up. Although systems differ between…

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Be alert so as not to be alarmed: scams through social media are on the rise

The ACCC has released their Targeting Scams report, which provides a wealth of information on the latest scams Australians have reported through channels like the ACORN website

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Stranger Danger: how not to get into trouble online

In today’s tech driven society, where ‘automation’ and ‘AI’ echo throughout the office, cyber based attacks are increasing.

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What happened in the largest global ransomware outbreak? What should you do?

Over the weekend, the world has seen the largest cyber attack of its kind spread across more than 70 countries. What happened and what should you do?

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Cyber resilience among the ASX 100: Are they ready?

Australia’s top 100 companies are increasing their levels of cyber security awareness and capability – but there is still much to improve. And not surprisingly the one-third of companies that…

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Down silky roads to the deep dark web – a twilight zone with no guide

The deep web, darknet, silky roads, bits of coins and chains made from blocks, the Internet is starting to become a complicated place.

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Messing with tradition – deconstructing Key Audit Matters. Is it fluff? #AuditorProud

Auditors opening their books to scrutiny. Shareholders get insights from behind the boardroom doors. Carolyn Ralph deconstructs KAMs (Key Audit Matters) and asks, “Is it all fluff?”

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Welcome changes to the Australian Privacy Act: what to do when private information becomes public property

On 13 February, a welcome amendment to Australia’s Privacy Act passed both houses of parliament

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“Love’s labour lost”. Don’t lose your heart or your wallet this Valentine’s Day

Lonely heart cyber scams are big business with The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission receiving more than 4100 reports of dating and romance scams last year.

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Uncharted waters, the rising tide of Australian fraud

Much attention has been given to issues like the Budget deficit and the possible impact of a Trump presidency on our economy. But there is another issue of growing concern – the rising tide of fraud in this country.

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The 12 Days of Cyber Christmas: a cautionary tale in the digital age of ‘smart’ devices

The holidays are nearly with us and everyone is surely looking forward to a rest. Well not everyone, because while you chill out, the fraudsters are still hard at work…

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