Small business cyber security guide released

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has released a cybersecurity guide to educate business operators about the risks and help them prevent cyberattacks. Noting that 60% of small firms that experienced a cyber breach went out of business within the following six months, Ombudsman Kate Carnell said operators couldn’t afford to be complacent… Continue reading Small business cyber security guide released

The evolution of hacking and how small to medium businesses can respond to the threat

The popular stereotype of a cyber hacker tends to be a young, highly skilled person sitting in a darkened room surrounded by sophisticated computer equipment. It’s an image honed by Hollywood and often supported by mainstream media. However, increasingly, this is not the case. Hackers can be young or old, male or female, and belong… Continue reading The evolution of hacking and how small to medium businesses can respond to the threat

Don’t let high-profile ransomware attacks lull your SME into a false sense of security

Although no business is 100% safe from ransomware, you’d be forgiven if you thought that only large, publicly-listed organisations fall victim to these potentially devastating cyberattacks. After all, when the NotPetya and WannaCry ransomware variants ‘took the world by storm’, just a few months ago, media coverage was dominated by successful intrusions against multinationals such… Continue reading Don’t let high-profile ransomware attacks lull your SME into a false sense of security

Don’t let your SMB become a cybercrime stat

Today, the reality is that Australian start-ups and small business organisations face unprecedented security challenges. According to the 2017 Norton SMB Security Survey, 19% of Australian small businesses have been hit by a cyber attack. At the same time, Gartner says that in 2016, total external spending on cyber security by Australians and Australian organisations… Continue reading Don’t let your SMB become a cybercrime stat

The IT security dilemma: striking the elusive balance between convenience and control

Organisations are facing a dilemma. On the one hand, everyone is looking to adopt new technologies and enjoy the business advantages they bring. On the other, we all need to keep ourselves safe, matching technology adoption with best practice cybersecurity. As a result, many organisations find themselves struggling to give users fast and effortless access… Continue reading The IT security dilemma: striking the elusive balance between convenience and control

Small to medium businesses are never ‘too small’ to be at risk of cyber security attacks

Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) make a significant contribution to the Australian economy.  According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, as at June 2015, there were 2,066,086 small businesses nationwide.*(1).  In some states such as Western Australia, small businesses represent 97% of all businesses.*(2) Cyber security is as important for these companies as it is for large… Continue reading Small to medium businesses are never ‘too small’ to be at risk of cyber security attacks

Don’t let your security spend amount to nought – address the risk of shadow IT

By 2020, one in three successful cyber-attacks on organisations will be via shadow IT (Gartner) – in other words, the apps and software employees use without their employer’s approval or authorisation. According to Vaughan Klein, Regional Manager of Collaboration at Cisco Australia and New Zealand, the billions of dollars Australian businesses invest in security annually… Continue reading Don’t let your security spend amount to nought – address the risk of shadow IT