(video) How are you protecting your staff from cybercrime?

Roger Smith, CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd and Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime discusses how are you protecting your staff from cybercrime

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Hello my name is Roger. How are you protecting your staff from cybercrime?

In every organization there is a need to protect a number of things. We need to protect trade secrets, intellectual property, we need to protect financial information, we need to make sure that that information is only accessible by people who are qualified and allowed to access it. But what about information about your staff and your users and your clients? This is also very important.

So if you’ve got an HR system that has all that information including, in Australia, tax file memos, in America social security numbers, then you have to make sure that that information is protected. Because those two components tax file number or your social security number are part of the one individual piece of information that identifies a person. There are other things, license number is another one, they can be used to identify a single person, which is what you need to avoid if you’re collecting things.

Now, cyber security is not an easy process, not an easy process in any realm at the moment. It costs you money, it costs you time, and it’s an effort to secure your staff because you don’t know whether they’re stupid enough to tell someone that information, or they stole it from you and you have to make sure that information is always protected.

So how do we protect our staff? Well, we need to educate them to a level where they know when something is wrong. And when you educate them to that level then you get feedback on your business because they know when something is wrong with your system. But also you need to make sure that there’re files in place, both on the internet and on the PCs and laptops and tablets and files.

You need to make sure that all your operating systems, all the BIOS settings, all the applications are up to date. If you can get away with it, you use the newest and valuable every time. And then on top of that you need some form of antivirus. And don’t say that Apple has never been hacked because it now has been. Don’t say that you need to update your stuff because you’re never going to get hacked, cause you will. An antivirus is really important in that respect because it needs something to protect you from. And that’s where the antivirus comes into it and there’s a few other things in place.

So thank you very much.

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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.