Cyber Security Awareness

Cyber Security Awareness

As technology continues to advance, the threat of falling prey to cybercrime grows.

Cyber criminals are always looking for loopholes and vulnerabilities in your organisation’s technology infrastructure, hoping to disrupt operations or access sensitive data. It’s vital that SMEs and NFPs take proactive action to reduce these cyber risks.

Act against cyber crime

Failing to act to mitigate cyber risks can result in financial losses, damage to your organisation’s reputation, and legal liabilities. Whereas, proactively addressing cyber threats will help you to protect sensitive data, maintain customer trust, and ensure continuity of operations.

  1. Set clear roles and responsibilities
  2. Develop, implement, and continuously improve
  3. Embed cyber security in existing risk management processes
  4. Promote a culture of cyber resilience
  5. Plan for a significant incident – undertake scenario testing and develop response plans

Tools and resources

There are a range of tools and resources available to help boost your cyber security practices. As a starting point to help you identify your organisation’s strengths and potential gaps:

✅ Review our Cyber Security Checklist, adapted from best practice frameworks.

Access the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Cyber Security Assessment Tools, including:

✅ Benchmarking your current practices against Essential Eight ‘baseline’ mitigation strategies

✅ Developing and testing your cyber threat response using the Exercise in a Box tool

What next?

If you’re ready for a thorough assessment of your organisation’s unique security environment, according to best practice frameworks, we recommend you undertake a Cyber Resilience Health Check or Cyber Security Internal Audit. The resources provided here are not intended to be exhaustive.

We’re here to help you. Reach out to a Synectic adviser to discuss your specific needs.

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About the author

Claire_Smith - Senior_Consultant - internal audit Tasmania
Claire Smith (FCPA)
Senior Consultant

Claire is a senior executive and accountant with almost 20 years’ experience across the private and public sectors. She is Chair of the Institute of Internal Auditors, an Internal Quality Auditor, and an independent member of the Department of Treasury and Finance Audit & Risk Management Committee. Claire is passionate about business performance and has an extensive background in risk management. Contact us today and ask to speak with Claire.

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