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COVID-19 cyber security advice

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has observed an increase in COVID-19 themed malicious cyber activity. Our advice and guidance will help you protect your systems, data and personal information during COVID-19. We will continue to mitigate and disrupt these COVID-19 related scams and we encourage Australians to remain vigilant and maintain strong cyber security practices during this time.

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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has produced advice to help critical infrastructure providers protect themselves from cyber attack as key staff work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Critical infrastructure facilities such as power and water distribution networks, as well as transport and communications grids, are potential targets for malicious cyber adversaries in Australia and elsewhere.


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This cyber security advice is for critical infrastructure providers who are deploying business continuity plans for Operational Technology Environments (OTE)/Industrial Control Systems (ICS) during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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The ACSC is aware that Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors are actively targeting health sector organisations and medical research facilities. APT groups may be seeking information and intellectual property relating to vaccine development, treatments, research and responses to the outbreak as this information is now of higher value and priority globally.


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Threat update: COVID-19 malicious cyber activity

Cybercriminals continue to target Australians through a range of COVID-19 themed scams, fraud attempts and deceptive email schemes.


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The ACSC continues to receive reports about a range of different COVID-19 themed scams, online frauds and phishing campaigns. This threat update is about raising awareness of the evolving nature of COVID-19 related malicious cyber activity impacting Australians.


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With increasing numbers of Australians working from home to combat the spread and impact of COVID-19, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has issued a new advisory containing tips to reduce the risk of Australians falling victim to cybercriminals at home.


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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people working from home for the first time. Working from home has specific cyber security risks, including targeted cybercrime. Here are nine things you can do in your new working environment to protect your work and your household’s cyber security.


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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has published advice on how small businesses can better protect themselves from cyber attacks and disruptions during COVID-19. The Head of the ACSC, Ms Abigail Bradshaw CSC, said since early March 2020, there has been a significant increase in COVID-19 themed malicious cyber activity across Australia and small businesses are far from immune.


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This guide has been developed to help small and micro businesses adapt to working during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document will help businesses with simple and actionable advice in order to both identify common and emerging cyber threats and develop resilient business practices to protect themselves.


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Web conferencing solutions (also commonly referred to as online collaboration tools) often provide audio/video conferencing, real-time chat, desktop sharing and file transfer capabilities. As we increasingly use web conferencing to keep in touch while working from home, it is important to ensure that this is done securely without introducing unnecessary privacy, security and legal risks. This document provides guidance on both how to select a web conferencing solution and how to use it securely.


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Mr Karl Hanmore, acting Head Australian Cyber Security Centre, interview with Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck on ABC Radio Sydney, 27 March 2020


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This update is designed to raise awareness of increasing COVID-19 themed malicious cyber activity, and provide practical cyber security advice that organisations and individuals can follow to reduce the risk of being impacted. (27 March 2020)


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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations are developing strategies to protect staff and vulnerable members of our community. Remember to incorporate cyber security into your contingency planning.