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Heard of ransomware? Small businesses are the new target

Covid-19 moved small business operations and workplaces online, sometimes for the first time ever. But without proper cybersecurity software and training, cybercriminals are exploiting these weaknesses. While the pandemic has left many small businesses increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, luckily they’re some simple steps to combat these new threats. SBC Media sat down with Neil

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COVID frauds continue to target small business

Scammers target small business owners as they recognise they are busy and usually have limited resources to keep their systems safe. Scam risks have increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest COVID-19 scams are designed to take advantage of the changes to our daily life including: loss of jobs and financial vulnerability

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$6.9M cyber security assistance boost for small businesses

Almost 600,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Australia will soon have access to free advice and assistance to upgrade their cyber security. The Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect Program is providing $6.9 million in funding to 14 trusted organisations that will work directly with businesses to identify security risks and help them take

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Building cyber security skills in Aussie businesses

The Morrison Government is getting more Aussies into jobs and lifting the nation’s cyber security capability, with a $26.5 million program opening today. The Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund will provide grants of between $250,000 and $3 million to improve the quality and availability of cyber security professionals through training. Minister for Industry, Science

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Over one-third of Australian companies: recent fraud victims

Detecting and preventing fraud: time to raise your game Over one-third of Australian companies have been hit by a fraud in the past two years. Almost one in five have been asked to pay a bribe. Tackling the threat of fraud isn’t a one-off exercise but an ongoing battle, particularly in light of the significant

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Small business tax time: stop cybercrime from going viral

Cyber criminals will use any and every opportunity to steal money and information. This includes targeting businesses through their data and their employees. A few simple steps can help your business and employees stay safe this tax time. Encourage your employees to: create unique passwords that are difficult for others to guess, and change them

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Building trust in global cyberspace is crucial for a post-Covid-19 world

Digitalization has been revolutionizing our economies and societies for over two decades. Data fuels the digital economy, but it does so best when it can flow internationally. However, country-level data rules are diverse, disjointed and sometimes disruptive to these flows, lowering citizens’ trust in digital services, slowing growth and hindering societal benefits. As more people

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Ombudsman releases new mental health resource for sole traders

Image: Unsplash The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a free online mental health webinar for sole traders, amid alarming predictions of a dramatic rise in Australian suicide rates due to the economic and social impacts of coronavirus. Beyond Blue ambassador and sole trader Garry Mills hosts the short webinar, during which

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Why Coronavirus Will Stimulate Innovation

Image: Getty Images In addition to the immeasurable suffering and loss of life, the deadly coronavirus is already impacting the world economy, hurting stocks, halting travel and meetings, impacting the daily ritual of going to the office, and quarantining millions. Businesses worldwide are feeling the effect of these changes in behavior, and economists are predicting

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Cybersecurity: a big problem for small business

Small businesses are easy targets Poor cybersecurity, not competitors, may be the biggest threat to small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups in Australia. According to an Australian government report, SMEs are the target of 43% of all cybercrime in Australia.  The same report found that 22% of the businesses hacked in 2017 became completely

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