‘Latest cyber threats and how to defend against them’
Yuval Illuz, Chief Information Security and Trust Officer at the Commonwealth Bank was the very informative guest speaker at the Australian Friends of Magen David Adom (NSW)’s annual luncheon for Barristers, Solicitors, Accountants, Financial Planners and Professionals held in the offices of Colin Biggers & Paisley on March 15.
In his welcome, Doron Lazarus, CEO gave a personal account of his experience while volunteering on an ambulance shift with MDA. He described some of the challenges that paramedics face daily – racing to attend to a call while navigating through heavy traffic, not being able to communicate with the patients who don’t speak your language, carrying a patient to hospital down four flights of stairs without a lift.
Keith Bethlehem, MDA’s honorary solicitor introduced the guest speaker, Yuval Illutz who began his talk by saying that he had always wanted to became an MDA volunteer and joined up after completing his army service. He confirmed that he had shared many of Doron’s experiences during his time as a paramedic.
Yuval explained that as of February 2018 there are changes to professionals’ responsibilities in reporting cyber breaches. He helped to clarify the meanings of words like phishing, malware, ransomware, denial of service and gave general recommendations on precautions to take to minimise risk, etc. Yuval certainly gave attendees much to consider with regard to possible consequences for themselves and their businesses.
Yuval warned that off-the-shelf smart devices like baby monitors, air conditioners, robot floor cleaners, doorbells can be corrupted by malware and used to spy on users.
The luncheon was well attended with ample time for guests to mingle and network. Our thanks are extended to Yuval Illuz for taking time out of his busy day and to Keith Bethlehem and Colin Biggers & Paisley for their generous hospitality.