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Preparing homes and businesses against cyber threats

I would like to encourage Corangamite homes and businesses to be better prepared against cyber threats.  Cybercrime is conservatively estimated to cost Australians more than $1b per year. At the same time, technology underpins the day to day operation of Australian businesses.

Now more than ever, it is important that Corangamite homes and businesses have the information they need to protect themselves.

The Federal Government is committed to working in partnership with the business community to promote a safe and secure internet which enables businesses and individuals to thrive online, while managing the risks.

There are a range of simple steps Corangamite businesses and communities can take to stay safe online. The Stay Smart Online website at provides a number of important resources free of charge. These include:

•  Stay Smart Online Alert Service 
is a free subscription service which provides easy to understand safety and security information and solutions. It informs users about the latest threats and vulnerabilities within the Australian context and how to address risks to devices and networks.

•  Small Business Guide: 
Protect Your Business Online in Five Minutes was developed to help put in place some basic online security practices. It will take only a few minutes to read through the five easy steps, which provides the basics on how to protect the information entrusted to businesses by their customers and suppliers.

•  My Guide: Protect Yourself in Eight Steps 
is designed to help individuals develop and maintain practical skills to increase their personal security and safety online.

•  Security Awareness Implementation Guide 
is a collation of a few simple tips from businesses that are effectively managing their information security risks. This guide provides practical tips for businesses at a range of sizes and stages of developing information awareness and security programs – whatever your budget.

I encourage you to make use of these and related Stay Smart Online resources.

Media Statement from Sarah Henderson, MP
Federal Member for Corangamite.