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Dear Valued Subscriber, 

Welcome to the third edition of the Tannhauser Monthly Newsletter, for July 2021. 

The word of the month is “Attack Surface”. We (businesses and individuals) need to reduce the opportunities open to malicious adversaries and how they can impact our systems and data.

June was an exciting and busy month to say the least, we started out the month by signing up to The Push-up Challenge to raise awareness and much needed funds for mental health in Australia. After 3,318 push-ups in 25 days Steve and I can safely say our shoulders and backs are glad we finished the challenge for another year.  

We held our Annual Strategy Day over at Riff (another Spacecubed office) which was a productive day refocusing on what is important to our clients and business model. This month we started establishing a number of key partnerships: a critical thinking and decision making expert, a leading accounting firm (more to come on this), and signing a memorandum of understanding with an indigenous service provider Yira Yarkiny to support the creation of cyber security career pathways and enhance their business. The Yira Yarkiny partnership is part of our ReconciliAction initiatives at Tannhauser and we look forward to working further with Gohar Rind and the team. 

In the project space we announced Tannhauser will be providing staff augmentation through the provision of Chief Information Security Officer services to an Australian FinTech. This is a great win for Western Australia, demonstrating the cyber security and financial services talent and skills within the state. 

Then CyberWest Summit 2021 happened. Wowee, what a great event for the Big State (WA) and the cyber industry in Perth. Many thanks to the effort of the WA AustCyber Innovation node (Simon and Emma) and the many volunteers who made sure the event was a great success. The highlights for me were Shaun Nannup’s Welcome to Country (Smoking Ceremony), Christian Frichot’s shift left DevSecOps talk and The Hon, Don Punch comparing the cyber security industry to the Goldilocks and the Three Bears fairytale. And thank you kindly to all those who attended my talk on Red Teams. 

On the 23rd June we celebrated our 1st Birthday, they say the first year is always the hardest. Well, I couldn’t be happier to have done it with my team. Carl and Steve are truly awesome to work and collaborate with and we have some more hires on the way. Thanks to all our clients who have trusted and supported us thus far. We have only just begun and glad you’re on the journey with us. 

Best Regards,

Michael Woods
Founder & CEO Tannhauser
Each month we ask a question with the results published in our monthly newsletter

Reflections on the key services Tannhauser has delivered in our first year

As we approach the end of the financial year, at Tannhauser we celebrate our First Birthday. Born out of years of international experience, Tannhauser was formed just under one year ago. But what have we been doing since then? 

It’s been a wild ride but we’ve only just begun, strap in.
Slightly more than a year ago Carl and myself were sitting in a coffee shop in South Perth. What started out as a quick coffee catch-up turned out to be a long chat and the inception of Tannhauser.

Healthcare Cyber Risk on the Rise
The threat to personal (or protected) health information (PHI) has never been greater, given what we’ve seen over the first half of 2021. Numerous cyber incidents including ransomware and data breaches are impacting healthcare organisations of all sizes on a daily basis.

  • When criminals swindled One Treasure Island, the San Francisco organization turned to the cops. Getting no help, its director decided to launch her own investigation.
    Fierce Telecom

  • JBS Foods pays $14.2 million ransom to end cyber attack on its global operations
    ABC News

  • Hackers breach gaming giant Electronic Arts, steal game source code.
Other News
  • Australians spent AU$26.5m in cryptocurrency to pay scammers in 2020

  • AFP and FBI sting used encrypted app to intercept crims' comms
    IT News
Forward look at legislation, regulation or other threats and opportunities ahead.


The Morrison government is being urged to follow US President Joe Biden’s lead and make combating ransomware a national priority comparable to terrorism, as big Australian companies grapple with increasingly frequent and sophisticated attempts to extort them. The Australian Financial Review

The federal government’s controversial Online Safety Bill is set to become law, with senators from both major parties supporting legislation that considerably expands Australian eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant’s ability to censor the internet. Crikey

Police access SafeWA app data for murder investigation, prompting urgent law change. ABCNews 

Check-in apps ‘highlight the danger to data privacy’: A former Amazon software ­developer now in the West Australian parliament’s upper house says recent controversies over ­access to data collected through the state’s Covid-19 safety apps has underscored the need for tougher privacy provisions. The Australian 

Mandatory login to ABC iView is unlawful, say privacy experts. The ABC’s long-awaited push into personalised media is being challenged, with former federal Privacy Commissioner Malcolm Crompton calling on the broadcaster to reverse the compulsory sign-in for its iView service. The Australian Financial Review

After years of inaction, a surging cybercriminal threat has finally pushed the Australian government to follow states’ lead by progressing plans to force its 98 non-corporate Commonwealth entities (NCCEs) to comply with the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) Essential Eight strategies for mitigating cybersecurity risk. CSO Online

All event details are kept up to date on our website:

FAIR Institute Perth Chapter Event, August 2021:

BSides Perth 2021  September 18th, 2021 (Hacker Conference):

AISA PerthSEC, Friday 15 October 2021:

ISACA SecureIT Conference 2021 28th October 2021:

ACISP 2021 The 26th Australasian Conference on  Information Security and Privacy, 1 - 3 December 2021 Perth, Australia:
Our job opportunities are kept up to date on our website:
We're pleased to launch our latest training course:

Ransomware In the Mining Industry
Critical Decision Making Training for Executives

This crisis  simulation will prepare you and your business for the critical decisions that need to be made in response to ransomware attacks from a business perspective, incorporating Decision Making Under Pressure facilitated by the excellent Bethan Winn.

Michael Woods
Michael is the CEO of Tannhauser, our locally WA owned and operated Cyber Security and Privacy Consultancy. Michael is a proud Western Australian being born and raised in Perth, WA. Upon returning home to Perth in 2019 after 12 working years overseas, Michael established Tannhauser to help make Western Australia a safer place when conducting business online. Taking cyber security lessons learnt and his global experience working in financial services and consulting through Europe, America and Asia, Michael hopes to elevate business risk discussions. We want to help individuals and businesses in making the best security decisions and investments. At Tannhauser we improve Australia’s sovereign cyber security capability and make WA a recognised hub for innovation and technology. More info here:


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About Tannhauser
Tannhauser is a cyber security and privacy consultancy. Our team specialise in Cyber Security Strategy Consulting, virtual Chief Information Security Officer staff augmentation, Cyber Risk Quantification, Cyber Security Assurance, Cyber Resilience, Privacy Engineering and Digital Transformation. Tannhauser, helping Australia to become the safest place to do business online. Security in Sync.

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