Stay Smart Online Week, from 9-13 October, is a national awareness raising initiative to encourage Australians to be more proactive about their cyber security.

The Executive Director of the Illawarra Business Chamber, Chris Lamont, said this initiative from the Australian Government is a timely reminder of the importance of protecting both personal and commercial information.
“Cybercrime is estimated to cost the Australian economy more than $1 billion a year, and around 43 per cent of cybercrimes are targeted at small businesses.  Small businesses are encouraged to learn more about the risks of being online and how to protect their business.” Mr Lamont said.
In a rapidly changing, fast-paced online world, it is all too easy to overlook simple procedures and processes to manage the challenges that cyber criminals and syndicates pose.
Setting strong passwords, making sure your software is up-to-date, backing up your important data and knowing what to look for with online scams are just some of the ways can work towards improving the online security of your business.
Everyone has a role to play to ensure Australia’s cyber security and Stay Smart Online Week is a great opportunity to ensure you are taking effective cyber security measures.
If you think you or your business has been targeted in a scam or cyber-attack you can take action.  You can report suspicious online activity at the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network website or at the Scamwatch webpage.
“Local businesses need to be understand that cyber criminals will attack those that don’t protect themselves or have adequate safeguards.  Cyber criminals don’t discriminate between big or small businesses.  If you are not vigilant in maintaining online security, you run the risk of facing expensive and potentially devastating consequences for your business,” said Chris Lamont.
For more information about Stay Smart Online Week 2017, please visit the Stay Smart Online website.