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Cyber security on the national agenda

National Cyber Security Awareness Week started yesterday, and while the name might sound like something from the 1980’s ‘Cyber Security’ is more important now than ever for your business.

Cyber Security WeekNational Cyber Security Awareness Week aims to inform Australians about the importance of cyber security and highlights the simple steps people can take to protect their personal and financial information online.

“Australians are increasingly relying on the internet in their everyday lives, from banking and shopping to accessing news and keeping in touch with friends and family,” Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy said.

“It is important Australians are able to use the internet in a secure and confident manner. The Awareness Week aims to educate and empower people with the information, confidence and practical tools they need to protect themselves online.”

The theme for the week is ‘Protect Yourself Online’, and focuses on the growing number of devices Australians now use to access the internet.

“These days it is not just computers that go online. Phones, game consoles, TVs and even fridges and photo frames can be connected to the internet,” Senator Conroy said.

“Australians need to recognise that wherever and whenever they go online, they must protect themselves.”

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland  also launched the Protecting Yourself Online – What Everyone Needs to Know booklet alongside National Cyber Security Week 2010.

“The booklet is a comprehensive collection of cyber security and safety information and provides advice on the basic steps Australians need to take to stay secure online,” Mr McClelland said.

“It also contains valuable advice for consumers on how they can secure their computer, be smart with their online finances and identities, and keep themselves and their family safe online.”

Information about National Cyber Security Awareness Week and the Protecting Yourself Online booklet is available on the Australian Government’s Stay Smart Online website atwww.staysmartonline.gov.au

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David Olsen

David Olsen

An undercover economist and a not so undercover geek. Politics, business and psychology nerd and anti-bandwagon jumper. Can be found on Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/DDsD">David Olsen - DDsD</a>

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