Communications Alliance and Energy Networks Australia (ENA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve the way the two sectors collaborate and share knowledge when responding to emergency situations.
Under the MoU, the pair have agreed to improve the safety of communities by mitigating risks caused by telecommunications or power outages during emergencies, as well as the sustainability of telecommunications and power supply services to communities affected by emergencies to support their recovery.
The MoU also sets out that the two sectors will collaborate and coordinate on preparing telecommunications and electricity networks and infrastructure for responding to emergencies at local, regional, and state level.
A report prepared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in May found that during the peak period of the Black Summer bushfires, most telecommunication outages were due to power failures rather than direct fire damage to communication assets.
The report found that during the period from 19 December 2019 to 31 January 2020, only 3% of tower outages were due to fire damage, and of the 1,390 total facilities that were impacted by the fires outages, only 1% of incidents were a direct result of fire damage.
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Similar findings were disclosed by the company responsible for deploying the National Broadband Network (NBN) across Australia. In June, NBN revealed in response to Senate Estimates Question on Notice that bushfires impacted 1% of all NBN services.
“12% (or 6,367 services) of all services impacted were directly impacted by fire over the duration of the bushfires,” the company said at the time.
“The remaining services were impacted by power outages as a result of the bushfires.”
The federal government has previously announced it would spend AU$37.1 million to improve the resiliency of the nation’s
Cyber security is one of the most challenging issues for business owners, with each data breach costing companies about $3.9m (£3m), according to IBM.
With much of the global workforce now remote, it has never been more important for employees to be cyber aware.
However, two in five (41%) of employees across all UK sectors have not received adequate cyber security training, a survey of 1,324 UK workers by Specops Software found.
What’s more, nearly four in five (79%) UK workers admitted they would not be able to identify if they were hacked.
Those in travel and hospitality are at the highest risk of cyber attacks, over four in five (84%) employees not receiving adequate training against cyber threats.
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This is perhaps unsurprising, as it comes shortly after EasyJet was targeted in a serious attack, in which the email addresses and travel details of about nine million customers was breached.
Education and training follows in second place, with seven in 10 (69%) workers claiming they have not been trained sufficiently against cyber threats — a worrying statistic as breaches “compromise student and staff safety”, noted Specops.
In fact, cyber attacks on educational institutions have been increasing annually, as more instances are reported, with attackers motivations including data theft, financial gain, and espionage.
Seperate research by Specops recently found that clickjacking — tricking users into clicking on something other than what they think they are — is the most common form of hacking in education, at 66%.
Meanwhile, phishing — tricking users into revealing personal information through scam emails — was extremely prevalent among other key industries, at 71%.
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