Businesses to get better understanding of cyber risk

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Warrnambool businesses will gain a better understanding of their cyber risk at a special cyber security forum on November 22.

The Minister for Cyber Security and Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, will lead the forum which is being hosted by South West Credit in partnership with Warrnambool City Council.

South West Credit CEO David Brown said Warrnambool was privileged to have the opportunity to discuss cyber security with Australia’s minister.

“Cyber security is very topical and we believe Warrnambool businesses will benefit from hearing Mr Tehan’s insights,” Mr Brown said.

The lunch presentation at the Mid City Motel will include a question and answer session with Mr Tehan.

Mr Brown said the talk and forum wouldn’t focus on the technical side of security but would provide a valuable overview of the situation.

“Having your virus software up to date is a no-brainer so we don’t need to go into that,” he said. “This is about the threats and how people should protect their assets. It will look at the national situation but also bring it back to the local home and business. There are no borders when it comes to cyberattacks.”

Mr Brown said South West Credit was aware that many local businesses have experienced a cyberattack, including a database that was hacked by ransomware about a year ago.

“It is a serious threat to businesses anywhere in the world,” he said.

Mr Tehan said cyber security was important for all Australians, with individuals and businesses of all sizes being targeted by malicious actors. In the last financial year around 43 per cent of cybercrimes targeted small businesses and we know that cybercriminals use simple tactics to access their networks,” Mr Tehan said.
“There are simple steps we can all take to ensure our safety online – protect your personal information, use strong passwords, update your software, back up your data and avoid online scams.”

People wishing to attend should contact Annmarie Thwaites via phone 55603925, or email annmarie@swcredit.com.au.

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