A simple statement like ‘I don’t like pineapple on my pizza!’ as a password can take more than one year and costs scammers more than $100,000 to crack.
This is a great password because it:
- is easy to remember
- has lots of characters
- includes special characters such as an apostrophe, exclamation mark and spaces.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) recently found that 75% of small business owners surveyed are responsible for their own IT and almost half say they don’t know enough about cyber security.
To help businesses stay secure, the ACSC have developed a range of resources including:
- Small Business Cyber Security Guide
- Step-by-step guides on enabling automatic updates for Windows and Mac
- Quick Wins for your Portable Devices
- And more
Key data targets
Potential targets by identify thieves include your:
- business activity statement
- employees’ personal information
- business records containing personal or business information.
- Do you have an alarm system?
- Do you file documents containing personal and business information in lockable storage units?
- Do you secure your business files and employee information when they are not in use?
- Are your passwords changed on a regular basis
- Are employees automatically logged out of systems and computers locked when not in use?
- Do all your computers and devices have up-to-date security and anti-virus software?
- Do you perform background checks on new employees?
- Do you restrict employee access to systems and credentials like AUSkey?
- Can you track employee actions when dealing with sensitive and personal information?
- Do you regularly log into AUSkey Manager to ensure only those authorised to have access to the portals hold active AUSkeys?