With more of Australia’s small businesses having an online presence and almost half of them receiving their payments electronically, it’s little wonder small businesses have become a target of cybercriminals.
Attacks on small businesses have increased by over 400 per cent in the past two years. As more small businesses enter the online space vulnerabilities are likely to increase. It’s critical business owners understand the threat landscape and defend their businesses from cyberattacks and data breaches.
To arm small business owners with the tools they need to better protect their business, the NSW government and Dell will present a panel discussion in collaboration with NSW small business month to explore cybersecurity for small business.
The panel will bring together experts across the cybersecurity space. Angela Fox, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Australia & New Zealand, Dell Technologies, will join Dell CTO Melissa Osbourne, Todd Williams Director of NSW Cyber Security Network, Chris Duckett, Editor ZDNet and TechRepublic Australia and Andrew Miers, Partner HWL Ebsworth to evaluate the cyber threat landscape and share common-sense tips for small business owners to protect their business from hackers and data thieves.
Fox said digital information and data are essential for business of all sizes, with most Australians using the web to bank, buy and sell goods and services, and stay connected. While the advances in tech have allowed businesses to thrive they have also opened a door to cybercriminals.
“It’s critical that as a business community we understand these threats and how to protect ourselves from them. At Dell, we’ve helped millions of SBs globally be more productive and secure, starting from secure devices with multi-factor authentication to Dell Endpoint Protection.”
Small business advocate David Koch said business owners need to be vigilant when it comes to cybersecurity.
“Small businesses have never been under greater threat than they are today. Ransomware is prevalent. I’ve heard from a range of small businesses who’ve had their data locked up. The ramifications of being hacked are enormous both from a regulatory point of view and the cost to reputation and livelihood.”
Koch said small businesses owners should take advantage of learning from the panel’s expertise to ensure their business is safeguarded.
“People will get no-nonsense commonsense advice for how to protect themselves and their data. it’s no longer too complicated or too expensive – you simply need to know what to do and where to start,” concludes Koch.
How to protect your business against cyberthreats
Wednesday, October 16 2019, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Novotel Sydney Parramatta, 350 Church St