Physical Security and Cyber Hygiene
Why be a SME Cyber Champion?
Week Eight : Physical Security and Cyber Hygiene – USBs, tailgating, policies and controls to help you manage the cyber risks staff bring to a business.
For most of us, the internet opens up new opportunities especially in business with such challenges as Covid-19. We can shop, bank, research, work and connect when and where we want to. But the online world also gives others (not all criminals) a platform to steal money, information, identities, bully, stalk.
Most small to medium business owners are so busy building their business, they don't realise the ever increasing risks we face online both at work and at home and in between as we use our mobile phones more and more to live through.
Protecting yourself online is NOT JUST about avoiding financial losses. Imagine if all your family photos were suddenly taken from your computer in a cyber attack? Or your personal email contact list was stolen and used to scam your friends and family? The same measures you can use to protect your information from criminals can also save your valued files from accidents, failure and loss. Simple things like backing up your data can protect your valuable personal files, photos and video.
When you share things online you may be sharing with people you do not know or trust. Once a message, photo or video has been shared, you won't be able to control where it goes. Financial losses, scams, identity theft and fraud are some of the more serious issues that you might face if you don’t have things in place to manage how you share your personal information online. Just last week an elderly Perth woman lost $500k in a property scam all because email was compromised
In the first half of 2020 Australians have lost over $77 million to online scams.
Over 45% of these scams occurred through email, many others via text, over the internet or through an online social platform.
Taking care of your business security online is as easy as safeguarding your ‘physical’ assets - locking your doors, using a safe, installing CCTV. By taking the same care of your devices and when working online, you can protect yourself and your business.
This is where Stay Cyber Safe is partnering with Business Stations to help! We will be providing easy to understand tips and techniques for you to stay secure when working, socialising or just browsing online. A good place to start is by registering for one or more of scheduled sessions over the eight weeks and encouraging your business buddies to do the same.
about the presenter
Since 2010 Silvana has been focused on mainstreaming the cyber security conversation and skilling up Australian businesses and students in protecting themselves against the threats that cyber brings. She established an online data backup company with her partner in 2010 to protect small and medium enterprises against data breach disaster and then partnered with staysmartonline in 2012 delivering the message of ‘stay smart online’ to enterprises such as Water Corporation and both private and public schools within Perth. At the same time Silvana was pivotal in delivering key programs of work in the utilities sector including at Western Power and Water Corporation where they saw her ability to deliver projects and build strong stakeholder relationships to engage them on a journey of digital transformation.
Launching StayCyberSafe in 2019 has been a dream come true after her contribution to digital transformation and cyber security awareness at Water Corporation was rewarded with her receiving the Digital Transformation Award (inaugural) in late 2018. Early in 2020, Silvana was invited as one of only a handful of Cyber Security Industry members to participate in the Dept of Home Affairs two day national collaboration exercise to contribute to the national Cyber Security Strategy. It was an honour but it also shows that her work in developing, implementing and delivering successful Cyber Security Awareness programs is noted and valued at many levels of government. Many of the suggestions and input have made the objectives of the report around the critical value to run an effective ongoing program for security awareness and to align cyber security and cyber safety for staff.
Silvana is an active member of the Australian Women Security Network (AWSN), Australian
Information Security Association (AISA) and in 2019 seeing the progress KnowBe4 was making in the cyber security training market after being named a Gartner Leader, she became an advocate of the tool, leading to a partnership between her newly founded StayCyberSafe and KnowBe4 with a commitment to delivering an effective Cyber Security Training Program to Australian enterprises.
Silvana has a commitment to contemporary rites of passage for children and young adults. In 2016 established Kinship Camps which leverages experts in the field to expertly transition people through ‘critical’ stages of life. She works together with a strong network and Rites of Passage (ROP) trained teams to effectively deliver programs throughout each year.