Think you're immune from a cyber attack because you're
not a big organisation like Sony, PayPal, Church of Scientology,
Target and K - Mart? Think again. Statistics show that criminals
are now actively targeting smaller businesses because they believe
their systems are vulnerable.
The Australian Government has released a Small Business Guide to
help you put in place some basic online security measures. Here are
a few tips to keep in mind:
Passwords. All staff should use strong
passwords, with a mixture of numbers, letters, special characters,
upper and lowercase. Try replacing some letters with characters and
numbers. Enforce strong passwords and regular password changes for
Back ups. Take your backup offsite or store it
securely, like you would important paper documents. Test your
backup system regularly to ensure that it restores all information
Confidentiality. Train your staff on
information security, create business policies/guidelines setting
out your expectations, keep sensitive information on computers
outside your control, give employees individual logins and
passwords (not shared credentials) and consider using a password
safe to store an encrypted copy of your passwords.
Be Alert. Stay up-to-date with the latest
scams, spam and internet threats. Consider subscribing to the free
services 'Stay Smart Online Alert Service' and
Lock down your devices. Install good antivirus
software on all of your devices and regularly update it. Set your
systems to automatically update software. When browsing, check that
websites have a padlock symbol in the browser bar before entering
any information —this symbol indicates that your information
is kept private as it's transmitted to and from the site.
Act quickly. If your computer network is
comprised seek immediate technical advice to address the issue,
consider if you've breached any of your obligations under the
Privacy Act and maybe log the incident on the Australian Cyber
Security Centre's website. If you
believe a crime has been committed, also call your local
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