Over 60 small businesses and government representatives were in attendance to hear about the suite of free products the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASD’s ACSC) develop to support small to medium businesses in Australia with their cyber security.

The morning saw the launch of a bespoke downloadable seminar for SMEs and peak bodies to deliver their own training to staff. The seminar was part of the Australian Government’s beat cybercrime in your downtime awareness campaign, designed to encourage Australians to protect themselves against a range of cyber threats and drive them to cyber.gov.au.

QA Business founder Clayton Oates delivered the seminar, which was filmed and is now available on ASD’s ACSC’s Vimeo

Our latest Annual Cyber Threat Report shows that last financial year ASD’s ACSC had 67,500 cybercrime reports from Australians. That was an increase of 13 per cent over the previous financial year, and self-reported financial losses due to cybercrime in Australia-based cybercrime reports totalled more than $33 billion (AUD). ASD's ACSC's threat report also highlighted small businesses made a higher number of cybercrime reports than in the previous financial year.

The ASD’s ACSC have tailored products that give the right advice, at the right time, in language that business owners and employees can understand and implement. These products include:

  • threat advisories;
  • an alert service;
  • invitations to ASD’s ACSC events to help small and medium-sized enterprises keep up-to-date with relevant cyber security information for their businesses;
  • step-by-step guides to help businesses implement effective cyber security practices; and
  • free ‘seminar in a box’ resource packs, complete with speaking notes, real-life case studies and social media content, to be used for your business and to help your employees, customers, and suppliers become more cyber secure.

Businesses are encouraged to join the Australian Signals Directorate's Cyber Security Partnership Program to provide them with a better understanding of the cyber security landscape and the steps required to protect themselves from cyber security threats.

The ASD's ACSC’s cyber security advice and assistance is available to all Australians via the online learning page.

All Australians are urged to report cybercrime and cyber incidents to ReportCyber, or call the 24/7 cyber security hotline 1300 CYBER1.

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