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Grants for SME cyber health check

Published on Mar 4, 2019

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Cyber crime has become more prevalent. Even big players like Facebook and the Federal Government have been affected. But before you decide that your small business is too small to be of interest to hackers, or that you don’t do much on-line business think about the following.

 

Do you have a website or Facebook page? Do you send or receive emails? Do you shop or sell on-line? Chances are you said yes to many or all of these. So maybe it’s time to think about your cyber security.

 

Cyber crime is a growing threat, and it’s becoming an attractive way for criminals to steal information, money or disrupt business.

 

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Types of cyber crime:

  • identity theft and fraud
  • online scams
  • attacks on your computer systems or websites.

Common online scams include:

 

Who’s at risk?

Anyone who uses the internet and email to do business can be a target for cyber criminals.

 

Cyber criminals can go to great lengths to convince you that their offer or request is genuine. It’s important you remain aware of typical scams and malware and know what to do if you’re targeted.

 

Don’t forget to also talk to your staff about cyber security and make sure they’re aware of the risks of opening emails from unknown sources.

 

And it’s not just your information that can be at risk. If you hold customer information, you could also be compromising their data.

 

What can you do about it?

The federal government has grants of up to $2100 available for small businesses to conduct a cyber security health check.

 

Who can apply?

  • Small business with up to 19 people employees
  • You must have an ABN and be registered for GST
  • And be incorporated, a partnership or sole trader.

Applications close 30 June 2020, or earlier if the funding becomes fully committed.

 

For more information on grant money from the cyber security small business program contact Business.gov.au

 

They also have lots of great tips on how to safeguard your business from cyber threats that you can implement straight away.

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