It was reported today that Austal, an Australian-based global ship building and defense contractor, was the victim of a data breach and extortion scam.

Jonathan Bensen, Director of Product Management at Balbix:

“The U.S. and Australian governments rely on contractors like Austal to shore up national security.

While Austal claims that data affecting national security and commercial operations was not compromised, this would not be the first time adversaries tried to breach a nation’s infrastructure by first breaching company networks in the energy, water and critical manufacturing sectors. With more than 100 operators in 54 countries, Austal needs to leverage tools that can continuously monitor it’s massive, global attack surface and vast IT asset landscape (devices, users, and applications) and enable it to proactively identify and address security vulnerabilities to mitigate the risk of getting breached.”

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