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Protecting NT business and jobs – Cyber Security

Connectivity to the internet is vital to doing business yet brings an escalating risk of cyber intrusion, evidenced by Territorians losing $2.4 million to cyber crime last year.

The Territory Labor Government is delivering Cyber Security for Your Business presentations across the Territory to support small businesses to better protect themselves from increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.

“Cyber Security for Your Business aims to inform business about potential cyber threats, and how to protect their business through sound IT security and related business practices.

Industry experts will present on how cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated and on the types of practical measures businesses can apply to protect themselves from cyber threats and business disruption,” Chair of Small Business Round Tables and Member for Fong Lim, Jeff Collins said.

“Cyber security is important and attacks on businesses can lead to reputational damage, costly disruption and financial loss for small businesses. Over the past year over 400 incidents of cyber crime were reported to NT police, including scams, fraud, ransomware, and cyber intrusion, resulting in an estimated loss of $2.4 million*,” he said.

“A local business targeted by the Wannacry ransomware lost an estimated $70,000, their business was forced to close for eight days and suffered ongoing data loss, while other businesses have lost thousands to cyber fraud”.

Cyber Safety Senior Manager, Lee Beyer, of National Australia Bank, a platinum sponsor of October Business Month, and Wayne Ronaldson of Datacom Technical Security Services will present at the Darwin Cyber Security for Your Business event.

An ICT Leaders Industry Presentation will also be held as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, headlined by Sandra Ragg of the Office of the Cyber Security Advisor to the Prime Minister.  This presentation will address Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy, partnerships between government and the private sector, women in cyber and the threat landscape.

Cyber Security for Your Business events are being held across the NT: 

Register to attend a free Cyber Security for Your Business event at cyberevents.nt.gov.au

For more information visit cyberevents.nt.gov.au or obm.nt.gov.au

Media contact: Trish Grimshaw 0428 458 466

* Reported incident data from 25 August 2016 – 25 August 2017 collected by the NT Police Cyber Crime Unit.