The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) recently contacted the AADA and has asked that we inform members of the ACSC services and its role in protecting businesses in their dealings online.
The ACSC is a part of the Australian Signals Directorate, an Australian Government agency, and dedicated to improving cyber security and making dealing online safe and secure for individuals and businesses.
The ACSC achieves this by:
- Constantly monitoring and reporting on cyber threats from across the globe.
- Providing advice and information to businesses about how to protect themselves online.
- Maintaining a register of current and emerging cybercrime activity and providing guidance and advice on mitigation strategies.
- Providing a facility to report cybercrime.
Small and medium sized Australian businesses are particularly susceptible to cyber-attack and the ACSC is seeking to engage more closely with the business sector to support the integrity of online business activity.
Members can learn more and engage directly with the ACSC by:
- For small and medium businesses, registering as a Business Partner
- Larger member businesses (typically those with in house ICT departments) can register as Network Partners.
Businesses who register with the ACSC will receive exclusive and up-to-date cyber security information about the latest threats and vulnerabilities which are affecting SMBs and individuals.
For more general and up to date alerts, members can visit ACSC’s alerts page.
The ACSC has also developed a small business cyber security guide. This guide has been developed with small and medium businesses in mind as a starting point to upgrade businesses cyber security level by implementing a handful of simple yet effective controls and measures.
The centre also has advice regarding ransomware attacks as part of its “Act Now Stay Secure” campaigns. Advice regarding how businesses can protect themselves from ransomware and what to do in the event of a ransomware attack is available on ACSC’s website.