Beware Dangers Of Data Breach Fatigue

UNSW cybersecurity expert Professor Sanjay Jha says companies and the public should remain on high alert in the face of continual cyber attacks.

Cybersecurity expert Professor Sanjay Jha has urged the public to remain vigilant and not become complacent to ever-increasing cyber attacks.

The most recent report relating to data breaches from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) recorded 483 breaches in the period from July to December 2023. That was up 19 per cent from the six months previous.

Two-thirds (67%) of those breaches were caused by malicious or criminal attacks, with the other third made up of human error (30%) and system faults (3%).

Although 312 of the 483 breaches affected 100 or fewer people worldwide, there were also four separate incidents where 250,000 or more Australians had their data improperly accessed.

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