In early September 2019, the Australian Government released a public discussion paper seeking views about priorities for the Australian 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.
The Department of Home Affairs wants to seek as many views as possible about the way to best protect Australian families, businesses and critical infrastructure from cyber threats.
What is Cyber Security?
According to Wikipedia, computer security, cyber security or information technology security is the protection of computer systems from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.
Cost of Cybercrime in Australia
It is estimated that cybercrime cost the Australian economy $1 billion in 2018.
According to Accenture’s latest Cost of Cybercrime study, data loss and business disruption were the biggest expense resulting from attacks, making up three-quarters of the overall cost to Australian companies.
How to Contribute to the Australian 2020 Cyber Security Strategy
Strengthening Australia’s cyber security has never been more important to our economic prosperity and national security, and there are a number of ways you can contribute, including:
1. Contribute to the Discussion Paper
You can contribute your views by submitting a response to the questions posed in the Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy Discussion Paper.
2. Attend the Open Forum
The Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre are holding a series of open forums, including one in Brisbane on Friday 18 October 2019 to support the development of Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy.
How to Protect Your SME Business from Cyber Crime
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has developed prioritised mitigation strategies to help organisations mitigate cyber security incidents caused by various cyber threats. The most effective of these mitigation strategies are known as the ‘Essential Eight’.
Surety IT recommends all SME businesses confirm to the Essential Eight. Contact Us today to discuss how we can help you confirm the Essential Eight to protect your business from cyber crime.