Software makers told to offer the ‘cyber equivalent of seatbelts’

Software makers told to offer the ‘cyber equivalent of seatbelts’
We are constantly told by the software industry that there’s an escalating arms race under way, with increasingly sophisticated hackers. (Image: Getty)
Peter Griffin
Whenever there’s a cyber-attack, followed by a major data breach – think Medibank, Optus and Waikato district health board – the recriminations quickly start.Who was responsible? Was it some dopey network administrator who clicked on a ransomware link and then entered their log-in details, or was it a security flaw in software that hackers took advantage of with a so-called ‘zero-day’ exploit?The latter scenario, a software supply chain hack, is nothing new and a growing trend. In March 2020, as the coronavirus was...

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