The Federal Government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has a great resource for small businesses called the Small Business Cyber Security Guide. It provides useful information on:
– malicious software
– why you should never pay a ransom
– emails to be cautious about
– the value of well-trained employees, and
– how best to protect your data.
A key recommendation is that small businesses adopt Multi-factor authentication (MFA) which typically requires a combination of something that you know (pin, secret question), physically possesses (card, token), or inherently possesses (fingerprint, retina identification).
The ACSC also provides useful resources, such as how to recover quickly if things do go wrong (Getting your business back up and running), as well as step-by-step cyber security guides for various common software and devices (step-by-step guides).
You can seek tailored one-on-one and group support for digital matters, including cyber security, through the Digital Solutions – Australian Small Business Advisory Services.
If your business is affected by cybercrime, you can report it to ReportCyber. This is a national online system that allows the public to securely report instances of cybercrime. It will also provide advice to help people recognise and avoid common types of cybercrime.
Even if your issue seems minor, reporting it helps ensure national data is accurate and police can accurately assess the impact of this crime.
Stay up to date on the latest scams impacting businesses by subscribing to the ACCC’s Scamwatch Radar.