The owners of small to medium-sized businesses at Dubbo are being told that buying the “right software” will not necessarily prevent a costly cybersecurity breach.
Professor Mark Morrison of CenWest Innovate at Charles Sturt University (CSU) has debunked a myth in the lead up to free and two-and-a-half-hour workshops at Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst on cybersecurity.
“Businesses often think that it’s just about getting the right software in but often it’s human error that is the problem,” he said. “People answering phishing emails and who haven’t set a password on their internet router...there are a lot of simple things people don’t get right.”
CenWest Innovate is encouraging businesses to register for its workshops that will help them “identify threats and prevent attacks”. The first will be held on November 14 at CSU in Dubbo from 7.30am. Expert presenters will be William Ulyate from cybersecurity advisers Content Security, and Dr Peter White an adjunct lecturer at CSU and manager of research and development at the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation Spatial Services.
"The experts will coach businesses on cybersecurity threats and mitigation, and businesses can discover what common cyber threats and attacks small and medium enterprises face, and what they can do to prevent them," Professor Morrison said. Participants will also be guided by the experts on conducting their own risk assessments and applying the Australian Security Directorate's essential eight guidelines.
CenWest Innovate aims to support the development of the “entrepreneurial ecosystem” in Central West NSW, encourage interaction between small to medium-sized enterprises and CSU, support business innovation and encourage jobs growth. It is funded by the state government’s Boosting Business Innovation Program and CSU.
In October a Dubbo business was bombarded with emails and phone calls after it was caught up in an email scam affecting thousands of people across Australia. Recipients complained of receiving an email including a fraudulent traffic infringement notice for $154.80 from the business. “That’s all within the realm of cybersecurity..just learning what not to click on,” Professor Morrison said.
To register for the workshops go to https://innovate.csu.edu.au/incubators/cenwest.