Thousands of contact tracing experts rush to the top of Mount Stupid, and the contagion is spreading faster than a pandemic flu virus.

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This is a follow up to the blog post “Why I installed the COVIDSAFE app” where I discussed the security and privacy aspects of the COVIDSAFE app and the thought process I went through when deciding to install it.

I’m not an expert in contact tracing technology, but neither are the 99.99% of armchair commentators flooding the internet with their backyard biology lectures.

I say lectures, because largely some very strong opinions have been voiced by self…


Is irrational fear clouding our assessment of the real risks and rewards for adopting the app designed to help us?

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Australia has dealt with COVID19 remarkably well — so far. To help pave the way for people to get out of weeks of lockdowns and be able to live with the ongoing risks on contracting the virus, the Australian Government has implemented COVIDSAFE (CS) — a contact tracing app. This app, if adopted widely, is designed to help manage future outbreaks quickly and avoid the need for the reintroduction of widespread restrictions to people’s movements.

Unsurprisingly, concerns about privacy, transparency…


Why passwords are the plastic bags of our online lives and 1 simple change you can make to level up.

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When the plastic bag ban was announced in Australia many people lost their minds. The inconvenience of it all! And the apparent futility, when countries like China were not following suit. The fact that China has been making large strides to clean up its recycling industry it seems had passed us by. And then came the argument that the action was insignificant versus the scale of the problem. Banning plastic bags is not going to save the planet.

I understand…


Software vulnerabilities aren’t new. So why has anxiety about Zoom gone next-level crazy? Is a clumsy narrative about Zoom distracting us from bigger risks?

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Growing up in the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ introduced me to threats and risk management. When the Grand Hotel in Brighton was bombed in 1986 narrowly missing killing the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, the IRA issued a statement in which they claimed responsibility, saying; “…remember we only have to be lucky once. You will have to be lucky always.” The security challenge was formidable. How do you keep a functioning society and design a security program…

Craig Templeton

I am the CISO for a publicly listed company and have worked in technology and cyber security for 25 years.

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