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Dear Valued Subscriber, 

It gives us great pleasure  to welcome you to the inaugural Tannhauser Monthly Newsletter for May 2021.

Each month we hope to provide updates on what Tannhauser has been up to, insights into the industry, important matters worth noting and a horizon view of the road ahead.

This month we have assisted our client with an exciting secure code review and web application penetration test on a product using cutting edge software ready to disrupt their market. Supporting progressive digital transformation is part of our values and why we do what we do. This is the type of collaboration we really enjoy.

We were extremely lucky to witness a historic win at HBF Park by the Western Force over the NSW Waratahs with a number of our key clients. Absolute nail-biter finish with a kick to win after the siren. Truly remarkable how far the team has come in a short time and support shown by the state is undeniable. Best of luck for the finals.

I’ve also enjoyed presenting cyber risk and the challenges for businesses through recent talks with the National Disability Services (NDS), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) WA Chapter and Core Innovation Hub. It’s apparent there is a lot more education on the topic required to ensure businesses remain secure and resilient to future cyber incidents.

Best Regards,

Michael Woods
Founder & CEO Tannhauser
Web Application Security Review

Web Application Security Review
Case Study

We recently conducted a security assessment of an in-house developed web application for a client, including secure code review and a web application penetration test.

Cyber Security Career Starting

Thinking of a career in Cyber Security?
We are often approached by people looking to make a start in Cyber Security, either as a first job, or as a career change. Here are some resources for someone new to the cyber security industry.

  • UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) was impacted by a cyber incident (April 25), thought to be ransomware. UnitingCare
  • Foreign-based actors, principally in China and Russia, are spreading online disinformation rooted in QAnon conspiracy theories (April 25), fuelling a movement that has become a mounting domestic terrorism threat, according to new analysis of online propaganda by a security firm. Yahoo News
  • The new world of ‘deep fake’ (April 10): How cyber attackers impersonated senior ministers, diplomats. The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China’s website suffers cyber attack (March 31). The global coalition of MPs pushing their governments to take a firmer stance against China has suffered a major cyber attack, with their website down for about nine hours after a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Nine Network under attack by cyber hackers (Mar 29). The network's news production systems around the country were brought to a grinding halt for more than 24 hours. 9News
  • Facebook says data from 530M users was obtained by scraping, not hack (April 7). The social network says it closed a security hole that allowed "malicious actors" to scrape data prior to September 2019. c|net
Forward look at legislation, regulation or other threats and opportunities ahead.
Australia will bolster efforts to influence technology standards through diplomacy in a bid to maintain stability in the Indo-Pacific region under a new international cyber and critical technology engagement strategy. Foreign minister Marise Payne launched the strategy on Wednesday, pledging $37.5 million in additional funding to Australia’s vision for a “safe, secure and prosperous Australia, Indo-Pacific region and world enabled by cyberspace and critical technology”. (April 21) iTnews
Another thoughtful speech this week by APRA Chair Wayne Byres recognising Cyber Risk as one of the most significant risks that businesses face. The speech reiterated APRA's three tiered approach for cyber security governance over the entities they regulate with a baseline of cyber controls, board oversight/remediation and addressing wider eco-system and supply chain risk. CPS 234 Information Security came to effect in July 2019 has supported these initiatives and provides a great building block across the financial services. Interesting fact: Did you know Internal Audit must now provide oversight of Information Security controls as part of the prudential standard. (April 28) APRA
All event details are kept up to date on our website:
The inaugural meeting of the FAIR Institute Perth Chapter will be held on:
Wednesday, 12 May 2021. 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm AWST
FLUX Basement, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000

The FAIR Institute is the home of FAIR – the NIST endorsed cyber risk quantification standard for information security and operational risk. Join us and leading information risk, cyber security and business executives to collaborate on the development and the sharing of industry-leading best practices for quantifying and managing information risk.

The OAIC will mark Privacy Awareness Week 2021 from Monday 3 May to Sunday 9 May.

As one of our founding employees, Carl has been with Tannhauser from its inception. After a short coffee meeting with Michael Woods in South Perth, Carl suggested that there was no time like the present for Michael to start his cyber security consultancy. From that meeting Tannhasuer was born.  With 25 years' experience managing high performance teams in the Oil & Gas and Construction industries, Carl has relished the opportunity as Principal Consultant at Tannhauser helping Clients with Strategy, Governance and Risk Management. Carl also is a keen hockey player with Curtin University and has held many volunteer roles including President and Coach.  In his spare time Carl is a Local Councillor and finds many similarities between the issues affecting local communities and businesses and those experienced in industry.  Issues that he hopes can be resolved with his listening and negotiation skills and penchant for understanding the matter at hand. Feel free to reach out to Carl at any time.


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