security

I don’t like pineapple on my pizza!

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:

Key data targets
Potential targets by identify thieves include your:

  • AUSkey
  • business activity statement
  • employees’ personal information
  • business records containing personal or business information.

Top 10 security checks
Run through our checklist to see if your business is secure:

  1. Do you have an alarm system?
  2. Do you file documents containing personal and business information in lockable storage units?
  3. Do you secure your business files and employee information when they are not in use?
  4. Are your passwords changed on a regular basis
  5. Are employees automatically logged out of systems and computers locked when not in use?
  6. Do all your computers and devices have up-to-date security and anti-virus software?
  7. Do you perform background checks on new employees?
  8. Do you restrict employee access to systems and credentials like AUSkey?
  9. Can you track employee actions when dealing with sensitive and personal information?
  10. Do you regularly log into AUSkey Manager to ensure only those authorised to have access to the portals hold active AUSkeys?