It’s October and officially the beginning of Cyber Security Awareness Month! This annual event is a great reminder that cyber security is a shared responsibility. Every single one of us should be taking precautions to protect ourselves online, from routine software updates, regular data backups, utilising multi-factor authentication and implementing secure passphrases…there’s a multitude of everyday practices that can help you keep your information and accounts safe!
This year, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has decided on the theme Have you been hacked? Each week of the month will be dedicated to a specific topic relating to internet safety.
- Week 1 – Have you been hacked?
- Week 2 – Is your email secure?
- Week 3 – How do you act now to stay secure?
- Week 4 – It’s time to take action!
In conjunction with this, the ACSC have also released a number of tools, quizzes and informational materials to better educate the public on the common tactics used by cyber criminals to gain unlawful access to devices and online accounts (ie. phishing, malware, internet scams, etc). These tools can be used to determine how vulnerable you are to a cyber attack, how likely an attack is to occur, what to do in the event of an attack and how you can prevent attacks in the future. These tools are freely available online and are a great resource for businesses, educational institutions and other organisations.
Together, we can stop hackers in their tracks and build a better, cyber-safe world!