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Cyber security

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

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  • What is cybercrime?
  • Protect your business against cybercrime
  • How to report a cybercrime or attack

Managing cyber security in your business

Is your business protected against cybercrime?

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 percent 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're 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 can I improve cyber security in my 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:

Deakin University Cyber Security for Small and Medium enterprises 'Future Learn' course

Cyber attacks are just as likely to happen to small and medium businesses as they are to large organisations. This free course from Deakin University allows you to identify what cyber threats and attacks face small and medium businesses and what can be done to prevent them.

In this course you will learn practical tools and strategies that you can put in place to prevent cyber attacks and protect your
organisation.

Learners will learn from qualified educators in the cyber security field:
• Dr Nicholas Patterson, an Alfred Deakin Medalist in Information Technology and Criminology
• Dr Lei Pan, who specialises in cyber security and digital forensics research projects and teaching
• Profession John Yearwood, Head of the School of Information Technology at Deakin University

Join now

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 attacks
  • provide simple actions to improve your level of cyber resilience
  • be equipped to respond to an attack
  • have an awareness of additional resources you can consult.

Register here

Report an attack

ACORN provides a secure service for reporting cybercrime such as: 

  • hacking
  • scams
  • fraud
  • identity theft
  • attacks on computer systems
  • illegal or prohibited online content.

Where ACORN believes a cybercrime 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