Posted by Trish Carr
Cyber-crime is now a matter of when rather than if, if you haven’t been affected by the Optus or Medicare breach then perhaps you have received fake text messages, been hacked on Facebook or something else. I’m sure each one of us will know someone who has been hacked or scammed if not. Each year it is estimated that over $29 billion is lost in cyber-crime.
How to avoid it can be confusing and frightening for us all but there are some easy ways to reduce our risk and the risk to our clubs. There is now a free online training tool available that clubs can use to assist in minimising the risks which you can share with all of your members. Designed specifically for non-technical small business employees, Cyber Wardens is a free and easy-to-use online program for small business employees to identify and manage their risks against cybercrime but can also be used by community groups you just need an ABN to get started and create a login.
Cyber Wardens is an initiative of the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia, supported by Telstra, CommBank and the Australian Cyber Security Centre. This online training tool designed to build cyber resilience. An accessible education tool to provide skills required to help protect small business/ organisations against digital threats.
Whilst mainly designed for small businesses it does provide the service for Community and Sporting groups as well. It takes around 45 minutes to complete the 4 training modules and once one person has set up the login this can be shared with all members or even presented to a whole group at a meeting perhaps to do a live workshop. Its so basic and easy to understand its well worth the effort, and explains things in the most basic of ways using analogies for example - “when your software is not up to date, it’s like leaving your doors unlocked” no tricky technical jargon at all.
The site can be found at If you need more information feel free to contact me for help
Trish Carr