4 Things You Can do to be Cyber Wise

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Cyber scams are nothing new. Australia has experienced a series of significant cybersecurity incidents in the last year, including the Optus and Medibank hack scandals, resulting in disruption, destruction, and the compromise of sensitive data. So we have put together a list of 4 things you can do to be cyber wise.

Did you know? The average cost of a data breach in Australia has grown 32% in the last 5 years, reaching AUD $4.03 million per the 2023 Cost of a Data Breach Report1.

Organisations need to be more security aware of their systems to limit the impact of cybersecurity attacks. So here are 4 things you can do to be cyber wise.

4 things you can do to be Cyber Wise – and significantly boost your cyber security:

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1. Update your devices regularly

Keeping your devices up to date is like giving them a shield against cyber threats.

Software updates often include security patches that fix vulnerabilities discovered by developers or reported by users.

By regularly updating your operating system, applications, and antivirus software, you ensure that you have the latest defense mechanisms in place to thwart potential cyber attacks.

 

2. Turn on multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of protection beyond just a password.

It typically involves something you know (like a password) and something you have (like a mobile device).

By enabling MFA, even if someone manages to get hold of your password, they would still need the additional authentication factor to access your accounts.

This significantly enhances your security posture and reduces the risk of unauthorized access.

 

3. Back up your important files

Imagine having a safety net for your digital life.

Regularly backing up your important files ensures that even if you fall victim to a cyber attack or hardware failure, you won’t lose your critical data.

Whether you choose an external hard drive, cloud storage, or a combination of both, having a reliable backup system in place is like having insurance for your digital assets.

It allows you to recover and restore your files in case of any unfortunate events.

 

4. Use passphrases and password managers

Passphrases are essentially longer and more complex passwords, and they can be a game-changer in enhancing your online security.

Combine this with a password manager, and you’ve got a powerful duo.

Password managers not only help you generate and store complex, unique passwords for each of your accounts but also save you from the hassle of trying to remember them all.

This way, you only need to remember one strong master passphrase to unlock the vault of your secure, unique passwords.

 

By incorporating these 4 things you can do to be cyber wise, into your digital routine, you’re not just building a fortress around your online presence, but also fostering a proactive and cyber-aware mindset. It’s like giving yourself a digital suit of armor, equipping you to navigate the online realm with confidence and resilience.

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Essential Eight

While no set of mitigation strategies are guaranteed to protect against all cyber threats, organisations are recommended to implement eight essential mitigation strategies from the Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents as a baseline. This baseline, known as the Essential Eight, makes it much harder for adversaries to compromise systems.

What’s the Essential 8 Framework?

The “eight” refers to categories intended to limit the impact of cybersecurity attacks, prevent malware, and, improve an organisations ability to recovery in the event of an attack.

The categories included in the Essential 8 are:

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Does this seem overwhelming? Feel free to contact B2B Technologies to have a one-on-one discussion about how to put these controls in place and demystify the complexities of cybersecurity: 1300 213 074 | info@b2btechnologies.com.au

 

References:

  1. IBM Security. (2023). Cost of a data Breach Report 2023. https://mysecuritymarketplace.com/reports/cost-of-data-breach-report-2023/
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