My role in Corum involves providing security guidance and advice to our internal team about product or system security. It also means I get approached by our staff when there are incidents, such as with the Optus Breach.
Speaking with one of our team members this morning, he asked me what he should do to protect his family, given they are all Optus account holders. I told him I would write up some advice he could share with his family. I thought the advice may benefit other Corum staff and the greater Corum customer family, so we are sharing the tips on our Cyber Security News Page.
What do we know about the breach?
There is plenty of media information about the breach, so I won’t go into specific details here. In short, threat actors have gained access to up to 9.8 million Australians’ personal data via Optus systems.
According to Optus, the data included:
According to Optus, the data did not include:
Optus is providing a subscription to Equifax Protect for 12 months for impacted customers. While this is a positive step, it doesn‘t do much to protect you now.
What can you do now?
Demands and Motivations
I have included a screenshot of the threat actors demands that were posted online. I find it interesting that they have already assessed and reviewed the data. They know how many records contain the most sensitive information. They are demanding a ransom and openly selling the information at the same time
Cybercrimes such as this are motivated by money. It is a business. They have little care for the impact to you, to your customers or where the money comes from.
If you are a business owner and you are collecting and storing personal data, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are protecting it. Consider the impact to your customers, your business and your reputation. If you haven’t taken steps to start securing your business appropriately, this breach serves as a strong reminder to start doing so.
If you are worried about the security of your pharmacy systems and want to know you can protect your pharmacy with world-class security controls automatically, speak to your Corum Customer Success Manager or contact us on 1300 669 865.