Reading the news today about the meat manufacturer that paid up $11 million in ransom to cybercriminals after having its business shutdown over a hack recently, my mind turned to celebrants.
I hold grave fears that any day now there’s going to be an Australian marriage celebrant breached by a hacker, and all of their clients’ NOIM, Marriage Certificate, Passport, Divorce, Drivers License, details will be leaked, stolen, sold.
There’s basic things celebrants can do:
- Use different and unique passwords for each service you use, like email, facebook, xero, bank, computer, phone etc.
- Change passwords every 6-12 months.
- Use two-factor authentication.
- Secure your telephone account.
- Limit access to your emails.
- Learn how to identify phishing and scam emails.
- Have a good firewall on your home network.
- Have a good local computer password.
- Limit the data you hold that can be stolen, deleting client’s data when no longer needed to be kept.
- Update and run the latest operating software, and firmware on your devices
- Maintaining a good local backup and a secure offsite backup
The Australian government also provides these powerful resources:
Step one: Understand the threat by reading the Small Business Cyber Security Guide.
Step two: Start applying these really basic security methods on the devices, applications, that apply to you using these Step By Step Guides.
Step three: Learn how to identify phishing/scam emails.
Step four: Take the Cyber Security Assessment Tool test.