The impact of cybercrime on all Australian businesses has increased in the last two years and is likely to be a major focus for legislators and enforcement agencies throughout 2017.

The Australian Government has established the Australian Cybercrime Reporting Network (ACORN).

ACORN is a national policing initiative of the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments. It is a national online system that allows the public to securely report instances of cybercrime so that policing agencies have increased intelligence on the nature and incidence of the crime.

ACORN also provides some very useful advice on how to recognise and avoid common types of cybercrime. This information can be found on the Network’s website at https://www.acorn.gov.au/protect-and-prevent.

“This is a growing issue for all of us and needs to be a core business consideration for businesses of all sizes”, said ACAPMA CEO Mark McKenzie.

ACORN lists a number of things that business owners and individuals can do to reduce the risk of cybercrime, including:

  1. being on the lookout for email scams,
  2. securing your computer from cybercrime attacks,
  3. staying safe on social media,
  4. exercising caution when shopping online,
  5. keeping your personal information protected, and
  6. adopting strategies to prevent exposure to inappropriate online content.

It is also worth looking at insurance products, such as those offered by Arthur J Gallagher (https://acapmag.com.au/home/2016/12/handle-cyber-security-threat), to reduce the consequences of any economic losses suffered as a result of cybercrime.

To find out more visit ACORNs website or the Australian Government’s Stay Smart Online website at https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au.

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