The Australian Cyber Security Centre stated recently that ‘small businesses can be big targets for cyber-criminals’, citing a study showing 62% of small businesses had been a victim of a cyber security incident. While small and medium businesses may be less obvious targets than, say, ASIO or the big four banks, they are also a softer target. After all, there is a far lower chance of getting caught if they steal a low amount from many small businesses.
Reports have been circulating in the media of cyber attacks aimed at Australia. These reports mention a sophisticated attack targeting Australian businesses and government departments, using a variety of methods such as exploits and phishing attacks.
Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the Coronavirus outbreak to infiltrate inboxes with malicious malware, so they can spy on victims and steal financial data.
From schoolchildren to grandparents, everyone with an inbox has received scam emails that take a mass distribution approach. There is, though, a new breed of scam that is carefully targeted at businesses… and some are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars before they find out.
Passwords are regularly leaked onto the dark web, but it’s easier than ever to find out if you have been caught up in a data breach. Read our top tips for keeping your personal details safe online.
For many organisations, it is already happening without their knowledge, with the average time for detection a staggering 196 days. Keeping your organisation protected from cyber-crime isn’t easy, so we asked our security experts how businesses can stay safer and reduce IT risk.
In an ideal world, no hacker would ever breach your defences, and you’d happily go about your business without having to think about recovering from cyber-security events. The real world isn’t like that. 62% of businesses are attacked at least weekly, with one in ten being hit every hour or continuously1. In the game of cat-and-mouse between hackers and the organisations they target, there are no guarantees.
In business, there is something to be said for reaching out to do the right thing, not merely the minimum acceptable. That is the case with new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) laws introduced in Australia this year. The renewed focus on data protection is welcome, and it will go some way to making us all safer online, but we should always do more to prevent breaches.
With massive, repeated ransomware attacks making news, and cyber-crime increasing rapidly, you’ve probably heard about the need for strong passwords. But the new breed of cyber-criminals are smart, organised, and very convincing; even the well-educated have been caught out. So, are strong passwords enough?