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The Australian Signals Directorate’s, Australian Cyber Security Centre has developed a Small Business Cyber Security Guide and Step-by-Step Guides to help small businesses protect themselves from the most common cyber security incidents.

The advice has been specifically designed for small businesses to understand, take action, and increase their cyber security resilience against ever-evolving cyber security threats. The language is clear, the actions are simple and the guidance is tailored for businesses.

If you are learning about cyber security for the first time, or are keeping yourself up to date, the Small Business Cyber Security Guide is a good starting point. It covers cyber security threats, software considerations, and people and procedures.

If you would like more detail, there are a range of Step-by-Step Guides designed to support businesses in how to enable security controls such as multi-factor authentication, automatic updates and backing up and restoring.

Coming soon:

The ACSC is committed to supporting the cyber security of small businesses. In addition to the release of the ACSC Small Business Guide, Quick Wins and Step by Step Guides the ACSC is pleased to announce the following products will be released soon:

  • Quick Wins for your Website
  • Step by Step Guide Backing up and Restoring (Mac)
  • Step by Step Guide Backing up and Restoring (Windows)
  • Step by Step Guide Two-Factor Authentication (LinkedIn)
  • Step by Step Guide Two-Factor Authentication (Microsoft)
  • Step by Step Guide Two-Factor Authentication (Yahoo!)

We are always willing to receive ideas for needed guidance on a particular topic, so please email asd.assist@defence.gov.au if you have something in mind.

Quick Wins for your End of Support

Oct 31, 2019 - Every software product has a lifecycle. Knowing key dates in a program’s lifecycle can help you make informed decisions about the products your small business relies on every day. This guide helps small businesses understand what end of support is, why it is important to be prepared and when to update, upgrade or make other changes.

Step-by-Step Guide – Turning on Automatic Updates (For Windows 10)

Oct 9, 2019 - This step-by-step guide shows you how to turn on automatic updates if you use Microsoft Windows 10.

Small Business Cyber Security Guide

Oct 9, 2019 - This guide has been developed to help small businesses protect themselves from the most common cyber security incidents.

Step-by-Step Guide – Turning on Two-Factor Authentication – Facebook

Oct 9, 2019 - This step-by-step guide shows you how to turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) on your desktop and mobile devices for Facebook.

Step-by-Step Guide – Turning on Two-Factor Authentication – Apple ID

Oct 9, 2019 - This step-by-step guide shows you how to turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) on your desktop and mobile devices for Apple ID.

Step-by-Step Guide – Turning on Two-Factor Authentication – Gmail

Oct 9, 2019 - This step-by-step guide show you how to turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) on your desktop and mobile devices for Gmail

Quick Wins for your Portable Devices

Oct 9, 2019 - Mobile technology is an essential part of modern business. While these devices may be small, the cyber threats when transporting them outside of the office are huge. This guide helps small businesses understand what represents a portable device, why it is important to manage their usage and how to keep the data on portable devices secure.
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Largest survey to improve cyber security for Australia’s small businesses

Aug 28, 2019 - It takes a team effort to make Australia the safest place to connect online, and this is one of the reasons why the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is undertaking its largest-ever survey of small to medium-sized businesses in Australia.