Welcome to the April Edition of the Surety Standard.

This month's newsletter covers two of the most topical, most critical topics that are currently receiving large media exposure. The first is an article I have written about the Heart Bleed software bug, how serious it is and how to protect yourself from the vulnerabilities and threats that it poses.

The Heart Bleed bug could have a serious effect on the security of not only your business information that is held on line but also your personal online information as well.

The second article is about the new privacy laws that have come in to play in Australia recently. It has very kindly been written by Andrew Nicholson a partner from Mullins Lawyers in Brisbane. Andrew explains what you should be aware of and what you now need to do to comply with the laws.

What You Need To Know About The Heart Bleed Bug

Over the past week the biggest and most disturbing news I have heard for a long time in technology has been about the Heart Bleed bug and it's (potential) impact on businesses and consumers worldwide. There's been a huge amount of publicity and hysteria from the media and it's taken a few days for me to cut through the media hype and try and find out the true facts and how it could/will affect people.

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Changes to Privacy Laws


Substantial changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Act) (Privacy Act) came into effect on 12 March 2014, which will require all businesses to review the way they collect and use personal information. Andrew Nicholson from Mullins Lawyers explains these changes and how they will affect you and your business.

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