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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are warning businesses to ensure their computers are secure after a series of recent hacking incidents.

Small businesses are increasingly becoming a target for cyber criminals due to the higher likelihood of vulnerabilities in their security and systems.

It is recommended businesses should:

  • Make sure systems, servers and computers are updated with the latest security updates and patches including operating systems, browsers and, of course, your security solution.

  • Back up systems and data, frequently. In the case of a hack, restore your entire operations from back up.

  • Use network security. Find a solution that suits your business needs, it should include features such as anti-virus, firewall, email scanning, website security, network monitoring and intrusion detection/prevention.

  • Stay informed of current security issues via services such as Stay Smart Online or your security vendor’s blog or email notifications.

  • Ensure you and your colleagues understand how to stay safe when online, including when to be suspicious of emails, websites, links, social media, SMS and phone activity.
     

For more information and tips for small businesses, visit the Stay Smart Online website.
 

Last changed: Jan 03 2013 at 2:45 PM

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