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With the recent hacking of Optus customers’ private data, this issue of cyber security has been a hot topic of concern and discussion.
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and is an annual reminder for all Australians to stay secure online.
The theme for 2022 Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) is ‘Have you been hacked?’.
Throughout October, the ACSC will focus on a number of weekly themes including:
Week 1: Have you been hacked?
The ACSC has launched the ‘Have you been hacked?’ tool.
This tool will help you assess if you’ve been hacked by guiding you through a range of scenarios that will advise you on how to best respond to the situation.
The tool is simple to use and includes typical warning signs, scenario explanations and easy-to-follow steps on how to remediate the situation.
Week 2: Is your email secure?
The ACSC wants to help protect you from cybercriminals and your email is a common target for cybercriminal activity.
If someone gains access to your email account, they could steal your sensitive information, change passwords for your other accounts, or even send emails pretending to be you.
Cybercriminals will sometimes target emails being sent to and from businesses.
This could result in fraudulent activity, with cybercriminals intercepting financial transactions such as invoices. Cybercriminals will use email to abuse trust in business processes to scam victims out of money or goods. This type of email attack is often referred to as a business email compromise (BEC).
If you think your email account has already been compromised, you can take the following steps to review your security and remove the attacker:
Week 3: How do you act now to stay secure?
The ACSC has a number of resources to help you act now to stay secure.
The resources cover basic cyber security practices such as updates, multi-factor authentication (MFA), backups, and passphrases.
Email is a common target for cybercriminal activity. The ACSC has resources available to help you keep your email secure:
The ACSC also has resources on how to secure your accounts and devices. It’s easy to improve your cyber security! Take these simple steps today to protect yourself:
Week 4: Time to Take Action!
Now is the perfect time to protect yourself online.
If you are interested in receiving cyber alerts, join the ACSC Partnership Program and help others stay secure too.
The ACSC has resources available to help you take action:
Test your knowledge with these quizzes:
As businesses grow so does the need to expand their online presence.
Meanwhile, hackers are becoming more sophisticated in continually devising new ways to trick you into responding to one of their requests.
APAN strongly recommends that all businesses install updated security programs on their computer.
To do this you will need to engage a competent person or employ an external professional service provider who is knowledgeable in Cyber security programs.
30 January 2024