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the ultimate guide to

CYBER SECURITY AND YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

We recognise that many owners of small businesses lack the time and resources it takes to put a comprehensive cyber security strategy together.

 

But with one cybercrime reported every 10 minutes, costing Australian small businesses $300 million per year, you must have a holistic strategy in place to protect your business, your employees and yourself. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) says it best when they explain cyber security comes down to protecting your money, data and reputation. Even the smallest cyber security incident can have devastating and lasting impacts on small businesses.

 

The ACSC outlines several common cyber threats that business owners and employees should be able to identify in their Small Business Cyber Security Guide. These include:

Malicious Software (Malware) – malicious software including ransomware, viruses, spyware and trojans. Malware allows criminals access to take over someone’s computer, spy or access important information.

Scam Messages (Phishing) – where criminals will use emails, social media, phone calls or text messages to try and scam individuals or businesses.

Ransomware – the locking down of your computer or files until a ransom is paid (encrypting files so that you can no longer use or access them).

You can find out more about these types of attacks and access a cyber security checklist in the ACSC’s guide here.

Cyber security.. yawn.. are you still reading?!

What are some practical and actionable steps you can take next to ensure your small business is kept secure?

1. Talk to a Managed Services (IT) Provider about getting a cyber security audit.

They will review your IT infrastructure and make recommendations based on the specific needs of your business.

2. Invest in a cyber training workshop for your team.

You can have best-practice cyber security software in place, but uneducated users will still enable a breach. There are plenty of free resources available online too.

3. Stay vigilant!

If you are even slightly unsure if something is not quite right, it never hurts to call and confirm a message was intended for you before clicking a link, paying a bill or resetting your password.

Cyber security doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Our consultants speak in plain English, provide simple instructions and provide support that is tailored to small businesses. We offer cyber security audits and bespoke training programs designed to keep businesses like yours safe and secure. 

Until January 31st 2022, Myrtec is offering small business owners a free cyber security audit. We will go through a comprehensive review and analysis of your businesses IT infrastructure (no matter how much or little you have in place). 

 

The purpose of an audit is to help mitigate the consequences of a breach and demonstrate that your business is taking the necessary steps to protect customer and company data. 

 

The audit is obligation-free, and our advice is tailored to your businesses best interests, not ours.