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Connect Smart Protecting Your Business Online

Improving the digital security of your business is easy – it’s not complicated or expensive to take basic steps to protect information online.

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Get started by taking the How cyber secure is your business questionnaire on Digital Journey or downloading a copy of the Connect Smart for Business :
According to recent research by Vodafone, small businesses are the target of 30% of online attacks. Having your business information compromised is more than an inconvenience.

It can have financial consequences for you and your valued customers, as well as an impact on your business’ reputation.

The scale and nature of many SMEs means that often they do not have the internal IT capability or the resources to engage specialists. But some simple security practices can make a big difference.

The toolkit features a Cyber Security Warrant of Fitness – a simple checklist of the basic measures businesses need to have in place to protect their business, staff and customers online, and provides some tools and templates that can be adapted to suit individual business circumstances.

Cyber Security Warrant of Fitness

Just like operating a motor vehicle, it is important to give your business periodic cyber safety inspections so that you have the right foundations in place and can feel confident that you’re protecting your business, staff and customers online.

Below is a simple four step Cyber Security WOF to achieving better online security :
** Assess the cyber security of your business
** Develop a cyber security policy for your business
** Establish an incident management plan
** Regularly review and update your network security systems

With thanks to our SME panel of cyber security experts :
A panel of experts was consulted in developing the Connect Smart for Business We would like to thank
** Colin James – Head of Information Security, Vodafone
** Richard Bateman – Head of Product – Enterprise, Vodafone
** Dr Ryan Ko – Head of the Cyber Security Lab (CROW) and Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Waikato University
** Peter Plowman – Senior Manager Fraud Risk, ANZ
** Stephen Summers – Economist, Business New Zealand

The Connect Smart for Business

Developed by our panel of cyber security experts,and sponsored by Vodafone, the SME Toolkit provides tips and templates outlining how to protect your business online.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is cyber security?
Cyber security is about protecting your computers, laptops and mobile devices from unintended or unauthorised access. It is about keeping your information – including your personal and financial information – secure online.

If your computer, laptop, tablet or mobile isn’t secure, someone may be able to hack into it or import malicious software– making it easier for cyber criminals and others to take advantage.

2. What should I do if I am affected by a cyber security breach?
There are a number of organisations that you can contact if you believe that you have been a victim of criminal activity online.

The Police handle cybercrime, the Department of Internal Affairs deals with spam and objectionable material, and complaints about breaches of privacy can be reported to the Privacy Commissioner. Netsafe runs an online reporting tool for people to report cyber incidents

3. How Cyber Secure is your Business?
Your business relies on computer technology and the Internet – but you need to manage the risks. Cybercriminals may try to steal your information for financial gain or to damage your business reputation.

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