What is Cyber Security?
Cyber Security is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks.
These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes.
Common methods you might have heard of include viruses, trojan horses, malware, phishing emails and credit card fraud.
There are three key pillars of Cyber Security:
- People – every employee needs to play their part
- Processes – clearly defined rules and proedures to protect the business
- Technology – things like anti-virus and password protection
What is a Cyber Security Policy?
A Cyber Security Policy sets out guidelines to protect the security of technology and information assets in your business.
Our Cyber Security Policy template includes rules and processes your employees should follow.
Some of the issues the policy covers are:
🔹 the type of business information that can be shared and where
🔹 acceptable use of devices and online materials
🔹 handling and storage of sensitive material.
Do I need a Cyber Security Policy?
Yes, we definitely recommend that every business has one.
Cyber crime is on the rise in Australia and small businesses are not immune!
According to a 2016 report by cybersecurity firm Symantec, 43% of cyber-attacks are targeted against small businesses.
Businesses who don’t have a cyber security policy in place could be leaving themselves open to attacks and legal issues.
What does the Cyber Security Policy template cover?
Our template covers:
★ Your responsibilities
★ Anti-Virus Software
★ Password policy
★ Email filtering and web traffic filtering
★ Bank account and payment details
★ Two-factor authentication
★ Removeable Hardware
★ Office Wireless Network and Public WiFi
★ Disaster Recovery Plan
★ Data Breach Plan
★ Training and awareness
★ Cyber Insurance
★ Cyber Risk Assessment
How do I use a Cyber Security Policy?
We recommend that you complete the following:
- Complete our Cyber Security Policy template for your business, including all of the rules you want to set
- Conduct a regular audit of cyber security in your business
- Provide the Cyber Security Policy to all employees and require them to sign off on it
- Complete regular training and send reminders to all staff about their obligations
- Check your insurance policy to make sure it covers cyber crime.
The Australian government has a website called Stay Smart Online which has some great tips on cyber security too.