Stay Smart Online Week 9-13 October 2017
Sentrian is encouraging all clients to make internet safety a top priority, partnering with Stay Smart Online to promote to Stay Smart Online Week – a national awareness initiative dedicated to boosting Australia’s cyber resilience.
The theme for the tenth annual Stay Smart Online Week – taking place from 9-13 October – is ‘simple steps to online safety,’ with Australians urged to learn more about the practical and easy steps they can take to stay safe online.
Sentrian will be supporting the initiative by sharing advice focused on five key areas of online safety, including privacy of your personal information, strong passwords, software updates, backing up your important information and avoiding online scams. Cybercrime is on the rise – estimated to cost Australians more than $1 billion per year, with around 43 per cent of cyber-attacks targeting small businesses.
With almost nine in ten Australians now accessing the internet daily, learning to be safe online is relevant to every aspect of our lives, whether at home, in the office, or at school.
Our biggest challenge in protecting clients from cyber attacks and ransomware is getting the message about how to work safely online through to every single person in our client base. It only takes one click in one compromised email to potentially bring business to a grinding halt. Stay Smart Online Week is the perfect time to share information aoubt about internet safety with all your colleagues, so that as an organisation, you’re better prepared to identify and avoid online threats, and to recover if things go wrong online.
You don't need to be an IT guru to stay smart online either. Simple steps everyone can take include:
- Always be on the lookout for suspicious links in emails, social media posts or on websites;
- Creating strong passwords and passphrases, or use two-factor authentication where possible;
- Keep your devices updated with the latest software;
- Regularly back-up your data.
Stay Smart Online Week is part of the Australian Government’s Stay Smart Online program, designed to help everyday Australians and small to medium businesses understand the risks that come with using the internet, and the preventative measures they can take to protect personal information and assets from online scammers.
The initiative is supported by more than 1,400 business and community partners across Australia, including Sentrian. Look out more simple steps from us over the course of the week and share with your colleagues to help spread the word.
For more information about Stay Smart Online Week 2017, visit www.staysmartonline.gov.au.