According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), 43% of all Australian cyber crime is directed at small businesses — costing small business owners almost $9,000 on average in the financial year 2020–21 (ACSC Cyber Threat Report 2020/21). As cyber attacks become more frequent, it is crucial that Australia’s almost 5 million small business employees are supported to upskill their cyber safety knowledge.
Cyber Wardens is an education tool designed to build a cyber-smart small business workforce. The Cyber Wardens program is a free, simple and easy to use accredited e-learning platform which will give owners and employees the tools they need to stay safe online.
Similar to health and safety representatives who help to keep small business safe from physical and psychosocial hazards, Cyber Wardens will use the same skills to prevent and protect against digital threats.
An initiative of the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia, supported by an industry alliance led by Telstra, Commonwealth Bank and the Australian Cyber Security Centre
and delivered by Eighty Nine Degrees East, the Cyber Wardens pilot program will be rolled out in coming months. Businesses are encouraged to sign up now to be the first to benefit from the program.