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  • Take steps to stop cyber threats

    The data your organisation holds may be valuable to criminals – do you know how to protect it?

    Strong cybersecurity practices help you keep your organisation, client and staff information safe. You may want to consider the types of private information that your organistion collects and stores.

    Some basic steps can help you get started:

    • run the latest updates for your software to make sure the latest security updates are applied
    • update anti-virus software
    • make sure your passwords are strong, and use multi-factor authentication wherever possible
    • remove system access from people who no longer need it
    • use a spam filter for your email account
    • secure your wireless network
    • be careful when clicking on links in emails, even if the message seems to come from someone you know
    • talk to your staff and volunteers about scam and cyber safety awareness.

    It's important to know what to do if data is stolen.

    Data breaches must be reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) in line with the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme.

    OAIC also provides advice about how to plan for a data breach.

    We also encourage you to let the ATO know if you experience a breach. We can provide support and ensure protective measures are placed on relevant accounts, protecting them from further harm.

    Not sure if your cyber practices are up to scratch? Test yourself with our self-assessment questionnaire, or visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre for more information on how to protect your organisation.

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    Last modified: 28 May 2021QC 65770