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NCJ Number: 237709 Find in a Library
Title: Computer Security Threats to Small Businesses in Australia
Author(s): Alice Hutchings
Date Published: February 2012
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper provides an overview of computer security threats faced by small businesses.
Abstract: This paper provides information to small business owners about computer security risks that could potentially impact their organizations and customers, and effective mitigation strategies they can be employed to protect their businesses. A cost-effective strategy consists of the implementation and regular review of technical prevention measures to restrict access to IT hardware and infrastructure. These prevention measures include strategies, such as ensuring that application and operating system patches are up-to-date and automated; enabling firewalls; using effective anti-malware software; implementing secure sites for customers to provide personal information while restricting administrative privileges for IT systems; developing organizational policies and staff training; informing employees about the proper and secure use of business resources; implementing password management and user access measures; and providing physical security. Small businesses in Australia are still in the early stages of ensuring that they remain safe in the ever-changing online environment. The risks for businesses and their online customers are likely to morph and potentially increase. Therefore, it is advantageous for a business to take steps to implement a security strategy and ensure that it is kept up to date to address future threats. Table and references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Business security; Computer crime prevention measures; Computer privacy and security; Crimes against businesses; Criminal infiltration of business; Foreign crime prevention; Victims in foreign countries
Note: AIC Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, No. 433, February 2012
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