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Stop Cyber Attacks Against Your Business in 2021

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Stop Cyber Attacks Against Your Business in 2021

We’re Under Attack – Who is Protected?

Stop cyber attacks against your business now! In June 2020 Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison  announced  Australia was under sustained cyber attack by a foreign government. At an urgent press conference in Canberra, Mr Morrison said the ongoing, “large-scale” hack was being executed by a “sophisticated, state-based cyber actor”.

“This activity is targeting Australian organisations across a range of sectors, including all levels of government, industry, political organisations, education, health, essential service providers and operators of other critical infrastructure,” Mr Morrison told reporters.

In 2021 cyber attacks and threats against Australian business have increased dramatically. Cyber attacks have become an everyday risk of operating online. How safe is your business? The decisions you make on what IT tools and policies you integrate into your day to day procedures have a huge impact on what can happen to your business and team, and how quickly you can recover from an attack. So, what tools and policies do you need? 

To ensure Australian businesses know what basic level of cyber security tools and IT Support they need to stay safe, the Federal Government has published ‘The Essential Eight’. 

Eight + Fourteen = Proactive Cyber Security

Effective cyber security to protect your business requires layered security measures. The Federal Government has documented eight measures companies and Firms must implement to achieve proactive cyber security!

‘Essential Eight’ is the baseline recommendation from the Australian Cyber Security Centre for businesses and Firms looking to protect themselves from cyber security incidents since June 2017 (refer ‘Essential Eight Explained’, ACSC). Businesses who proactively adopted these steps have tight, layered levels of security protecting them and their teams from cyber-attack. Unless all layers of ACSC’s recommended strategies are implemented, your business or Firm is exposed to great risk of attack!

Have you read ACSC’s ‘Essential Eight’ and found it hard to understand? I’m not an IT engineer, so when I first read the recommendations I found them confusing. The eight recommendations are grouped into three ‘migration strategies’ which give technical explanations of ‘what’ and ‘why’, but not how to implement them. 

Understanding how to implement ACSC’s ‘Essential Eight’ cyber security strategies requires the technical insight and know how of experienced IT Support engineers.

14-Steps to Your Essential Eight

The company I work for, itro, a Melbourne-based Managed Service Provider (MSP), or IT Support Company. We have created a 14-Step Security Checklist to help you understand how you can implement ACSC strategies across your business or Legal Practice.

If you’d like a copy of this checklist, please call us on 1800 10 3000 or email us at sales@itro.com.au We’d be happy to step you through the 14 steps for free, to help you understand what can be done to protect your business from cyber threats.

Cyber Security - Vital, But Not Easy

Foreseeing and proactively managing credible cyber threats to your business requires a wide degree of technical insight and proactive management. Making your business cyber safe starts with identifying ‘gateways’ within your business procedures, systems and various work locations that open opportunities to cyber-attack. 

Once you know your weaknesses, you then need to create policies to educate and engage your team in safe cyber practices, conduct ongoing monitoring of devices and have the right solutions and applications in place to protect and backup your data and systems.

Benefits of Partnering with an MSP

A simple way to get the expertise and support you need to protect your business effectively is to partner with a Managed Service Provider. The obvious benefit of outsourcing your cyber security is that you get a team of IT engineers whose whole purpose is to maximise the efficiency and security of your devices and systems. You gain IT support from people who actually like working with IT. Locally based in Melbourne, our tools ensure we can keep your team cyber safe wherever they work, in the office, remotely or from home!

Unlike your employees, they don’t need to split their time and attention between keeping up to date with IT and running your business. A good MSP is responsible for proactively keeping your IT secure and operational, and free your team to focus on what they need to do to keep your business profitable.

If you aren’t happy with your current IT Provider, or realise you need extra outsourced IT support to protect your systems and team, please give us a call on 1800 10 3000 to discuss how we can help you build proactive, layered cyber security measures to keep you cyber safe. 

If you’re interested, but worried what we cost, please view our published Support Plan Pricing here.

What Can We Offer You?

itro also offers a free Cyber Security Webinar to businesses and Firms that will help you and your invited employees understand how you can protect yourselves from security threats. The webinar covers:

  • Cyber security in Australia,
  • Cyber security in small to medium businesses
  • Breached businesses in 2019
  • Different threats and how to spot them
  • How to stay secure in and out of the office
  • Best products to use to protect your business

An outstanding benefit of the webinar is helping individual team members across your business understand how important their role is in keeping your business safe. It replaces complacency with commitment to safe online practices.

Ignorance and indifference are key factors as to why so many Australian businesses have and are being attacked. Be informed and take action to ensure your business doesn’t become another cyber-crime statistic in 2021.

Please stay safe.

If you are needing IT support or have questions surrounding your current IT setup please call 1800 10 3000 or email sales@itro.com.au. To arrange your own viewing of our free Cyber Security Webinar, please contact me, Sharon Purton, on sp@itro.com.au.

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