Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan will be promoting the importance of cyber security at an upcoming forum in Hamilton on Friday 13 October 2017.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Mr Tehan will lead the discussion and chat about the nature of cyber threats, while also providing some easy to understand advice on protecting yourself online.

This forum is a great opportunity to speak to Dan and police, who will be present, about keeping yourself safe online.  The Hamilton Police will also provide some information on what to do if your security is impacted.

Mr Tehan said ‘Cybercrime is estimated to cost the Australian economy more than $1 billion a year and around 43 per cent of cybercrimes are targeted at small businesses.’

‘In 2016-17, Australian law enforcement received over 47,000 reports of cybercrime

‘According to one industry report, 84% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen, and weak passwords and 70% of malicious cyber actors used phishing scams to gain entry to computer systems.’

‘There are simple steps we can all take to ensure our safety online – protect your personal information, use strong passwords, update your software, back up your data and avoid online scams.’

‘This forum will help you understand the threats and show you how you improve your cybersecurity so you can avoid being a victim of cybercrime.’

The forum is hosted by Great Hamilton Library and supported by Southern Grampians Shire.

Southern Grampians Shire CEO, Michael Tudball said “we spend so much time these days in the digital world, so it’s really important to be aware of the risks associated and how to avoid being a victim of cybercrime. We encourage all community members in the Greater Hamilton region to take this opportunity to hear first-hand from Member for Wannon Dan Tehan about how to protect yourself and your family online”.

The forum coincides with Stay Smart Online Week (9-13 October), a national awareness-raising initiative to encourage Australians to be more proactive about their cyber security. The theme for Stay Smart Online Week this year is ‘simple steps to online safety,’ with individuals and businesses urged to learn more about the simple, practical steps they can take to improve their online security.

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Attendees can register their interest by contacting Greater Hamilton Library on 55730470.

Media contact: Cate Mercer-Grant 0408 564 232


2017-10-06T09:15:58+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Media Releases|