Cyber attacks on the rise

Cyber attacks on the rise

“CYBER security attacks on business are on the rise, and the culprits appear to be competitors seeking commercial information.

And while many companies reported cyber security incidents, others didn’t, raising concerns they don’t know what’s really happening on their networks.

Australia’s national Computer Emergency Response Team says 56 per cent of companies it has surveyed reported one or more cyber security attacks in the past year.”

Management, boards and owners need to start looking at the problems associated with Cyber Crime.   It is no longer possible or advisable for SME to say “We are too small to be a target” and “it will not happen to me”.

We see the cyber criminals breeze through the digital defences of so many companies that in most cases it is a waste of time putting them in place.   The utilisation of technology as a defence is no longer a viable protective measure.   All of the technology has to be managed correctly that includes the front facing internet systems, patch management, end point protection, VPN, Wireless, even the base level systems that we use.

SME’s need to look at a digital defence framework that will help them protect their data and their users.   Without this framework we are just being ostriches and burying our heads in the sand.

Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.