Protecting sensitive data: how your business can stay smart online

Most business leaders are aware that the risk of being targeted by cybercriminals is only getting worse,

while attacks are getting more sophisticated and devastating. With cybersecurity tools also getting

stronger and more widely adopted, the weak point for most organisations remains their people.


Phishing scams are a key concern because they use social engineering techniques to fool people into

handing out information that gives cybercriminals easy access to corporate networks. Something as

simple as an email address and password can give a cybercriminal full access to the business’s networks,

documents, operating information, and more. The criminals can then use this information for financial

gain or to sabotage the company.


As businesses collect and store a growing amount of customer and employee data, they become ever

more attractive targets for local and international cybercriminals.


To prevent and mitigate potential cyberthreats, businesses need to understand all the potential entry

points for cyberattacks, and then create a holistic cybersecurity strategy that leaves no door open.

There are a few simple steps that you can take to protect your business from the financial and

reputational damage that cyberattacks cause. It is best to start with the individual in a company.


For the individual, get the basics right:

1. Using a secure web browser and keep it updated

2. Adopting two-factor authentication

3. Installing anti-malware, and

4. Creating stronger passwords are fundamentals of building a cyber-safe business environment.


Individuals should implement these practices in the office and their homes.


The business can also help with some basics:


1. At a cultural level, get everyone on board. Cyber safety is everyone’s responsibility, not just the

IT department. So it’s important to educate your employees on your organisation’s data policy

and train them to effectively identify and report potential weaknesses in the system.

2. Eliminate excessive permissions: when staff or contractors are with a company for a long time,

they may change departments or jobs, and end up with more permissions to access data than

they need. Limit employees’, contractors’, and vendors’ access to information to only what is


3. Carry out proactive security reviews: proactive security reviews can help keep your business

safe. You should review all technology platforms regularly as well as every time a change or new

technology solution is implemented. This makes it easier to find the weakest entry points and

loopholes that could make your data vulnerable to cyberattacks.

4. Call in the experts: leveraging a combination of the right technology and expertise can help you

make sense of the potential threats, and provide advice and solutions for stronger cybersecurity

measures. Having a cybersecurity provider that takes a holistic approach to your cyber-safety

can make all the difference.


Aleron is a proud to partner with the Australian Government for the Stay Smart Online initiative, helping

people and businesses be more aware of their cyber safety.