Miktysh Blog.

Your go-to source for everything records management, eDRMS, Office 365, TRIM/Content Manager, RecordPoint, AvePoint, and EncompaaS related.



Numerous Australian Data Breaches in 2019 Q1 Indicate a Rise in Information Security Threats

Apr 10, 2019 | Information Governance


Australian companies were impacted by more than 800 data breaches in 2018 alone, according to the official figures from the Office of Information Commissioner (OAIC), with the health and financial sectors affected the most. Whilst the majority of these Australian data breaches were small in scale, affecting 5000 people or less, the largest breach by far was hotel chain the Marriot’s breach of up to 500 million guests. The bulk of the breaches were caused by malicious attacks, with cyber criminals responsible for 64 per cent of the breaches, while human error accounted for 33 per cent.

Unfortunately 2019 isn’t shaping up to be any better, with a large number of Australian data breaches making the news, which we’ve highlighted below.


2019 Australian Data Breach Notifications


Australia Post – March 2019

ASUS – March 2019

Bank of Queensland – March 2019

Kathmandu – March 2019

Citrix – March 2019

Melbourne Hospital – February 2019

CoffeeMeetsBagel – February 2019

9Honey – February 2019

Toyota Australia – February 2019

AMP – February 2019

LandMark White – February 2019

Department of Parliamentary Services – February 2019

Bunnings – February 2019

Facebook – January 2019

My Health Records – January 2019

Global Hacking Scare – January 2019

SkoolBag – January 2019

Optus – January 2019

Collection #1 – January 2019

Fisheries Queensland – January 2019

First National Real Estate – January 2019

Department of Planning and Environment, NSW Major Projects – January 2019

Marriott Hotel Group / Starwood – January 2019

Early Warning Network – January 2019

Big W – January 2019

Hawthorn Football Club – January 2019

Victorian Public Servants – January 2019

Nova Entertainment – January 2019

The unfortunate reality is that cyber attacks will continue to grow in frequency and complexity. Organisations should accept and recognise the threat, implement ongoing training to teach employees to recognise any potential threats, adopt or tighten up data protection measures and information governance, and allocate sufficient budget to mitigate this risk.

Liza Tinker

Liza Tinker

Business Consultant

Liza is a SharePoint consultant with over 15 years’ experience in the private and public sector in the use and delivery of SharePoint and other collaboration solutions using Microsoft 365. She is passionate about technology and improving productivity and quality through collaboration and innovation.

Follow us on social

Popular content.

Miktysh Records Management Award BRW - Micro Focus Content Manager Support
Miktysh Records Management Award - HP TRIM Support
Miktysh Records Management Award Deloitte
Information Management Award
Telstra Business Award for Records Management Strategy
Award Records Management Strategy - best office 365 apps
Award Records Management Services Australia
Technology Award for Records Management Brisbane
Technology Award for Records Management Brisbane