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Cyber Security

Understand the types of cyber crime, how to protect your business and how to report an attack or cybercrime.

On this page

  • What is cybercrime?
  • Protect your business against cybercrime
  • Report an attack

Managing cyber security in your business

The average cost of cybercrime to a business in Australia is around $276,000. According to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) Victoria has 25% of the country’s victims of cybercrime. 

Watch the video below to see Small Business Victoria workshop leader Tim Gentle give an introduction to cyber security and common types of cyber attack.

SBV Workshops - An introduction to cyber security video transcript (DOCX 14.7 KB)DOCX icon  

Examples of cyber security problems

Cyber security problems you might encounter in your business include:

• Viruses or malicious software (more commonly referred to as Malware) that affect the way your computer runs or corrupts your data. These can be spread by opening email attachments from people you don't know or through online scams.

• Hackers capturing personal data if you are sharing information over a wireless internet network that isn't properly protected

• Free software you've downloaded that collects and shares information about you without your knowing about it or giving your permission.

How you can improve cyber security in your business?

There are some basic things you can do to improve cyber security in your business:

• Use an up-to-date virus scanner on all your computers

• Make sure your wireless internet networks are password protected and secure

• Don't open email attachments from sources you don’t trust

• Be very careful about free applications you download from the Internet.

Cyber security resources

For more detailed information about improving cyber security in your business, check out these resources:

Stay Smart Online 

Stay Smart Online has two great cyber security resources for small business - the Stay Smart Online Small Business Guide and Implementation Guide. You can download them via the buttons below.

Stay Smart Online Small Business Guide - PDF

Stay Smart Online Security Awareness Implementation Guide - PDF

Cyber security webinars

Business.gov.au offers a webinar series to help business owners develop an understanding of the increase in cyber attackers, provide simple actions to improve your level of cyber resilience, be equipped to respond to an attack and have an awareness of additional resources you can consult.

Register here

Report an attack

ACORN provides a secure service for reporting cyber crimes suck as hacking, scams, fraud, identity theft, attacks on computer systems and illegal or prohibited online content. Where ACORN believes a cyber crime has been committed, it will forward reports to law enforcement agencies and other government authorities for further investigation.

Make a report

Small Business Victoria Workshops 

Small Business Victoria offers workshops on all aspects of business including how to build your digital skills. Browse available workshops via the link.

Browse Small Business Victoria Workshops