Cybersecurity Essentials

Businesses, large and small, are becoming more exposed to sophisticated cyber attacks. Cybersecurity is no longer the sole responsibility of your IT department. It’s everyone’s business.

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What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the continual pursuit of digital data safety. It aims to ensure that only authorised people can gain access to data. However, too often data ends up in the wrong hands.

IT security breach can lead to damaging impacts that are hard to recover from:

  • Data loss
  • Operational disruptions
  • Financial loss
  • Legal consequences
  • Trust and reputational damage

CYBERSECURITY EBOOK

How does your business’ cyber resilience stand up to daily threats?

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Cyber-attacks are costly

In Australia, the average cost of a data breach in 2020 was $2.15million. (Source: Cost of a Data Breach Report 2020, IBM)

Spotlight on our Cybersecurity Offering

Cybersecurity Maturity Strategy

Cybersecurity Maturity Strategy

Eighty-five percent of Australian CEOs pointed to cyber security as a greater threat to growth than any other concerns. Learn more

Penetration Testing

Penetration Testing

Regular Penetration Testing is more important than ever before. Learn more

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

No matter how strong your IT security systems are, user behaviour remains a major risk. Transform your staff into human firewalls. Learn more

Essential Cyber Security Resources

IT Security Portfolio

IT Security Portfolio

Businesses are frequently exposed to sophisticated cyber attacks across the globe. That's why you need a trusted IT partner. Read about Huon IT's range of IT Security Solutions. Learn more

3 Cybersecurity Mistakes Businesses are Making During COVID-19

3 Cybersecurity Mistakes Businesses are Making During COVID-19

In this article, we explore the three most common security risks of a dispersed workforce and recommend best practice solutions to ensure your business data remains safe. Learn more

2021 Building Better Business Resilience e-book

2021 Building Better Business Resilience e-book

Can your traditional security measures bear the scrutiny? Learn more

Recent Cybersecurity News & Blog Content

5 Cybersecurity Tips to Consider When Transitioning Staff Back to the Office

5 Cybersecurity Tips to Consider When Transitioning Staff Back to the Office

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Cybersecurity Newsletter Dec 2020

Cybersecurity Newsletter Dec 2020

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Why Multi-Factor Authentication is Essential for Every Business

Why Multi-Factor Authentication is Essential for Every Business

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What is a Cyber-Attack?

In short, a cyber-attack is a malicious and deliberate attempt by an individual or organisation to breach the information system of another individual or organisation. The aim is often to destroy, expose, alter, disable, steal or gain unauthorised access to anything that has value to the organisation or individual.

What are Some Common Types of Cyber-Attacks?

In the latest ACSC Annual Cyber Threat Report (July 2019 to June 2020) it was reported that the Australian Cyber Security Centre responded to 2,266 cybersecurity incidents and received almost 59,806 cybercrime reports - that's an average of 164 cybercrime reports per day, or one report every 10 minutes. Every organisation is at risk.

So, what are the common types of cyber-attacks? The most common include:

  • Malware: this is a term used to describe malicious software, including viruses, ransomware and spyware. Cybercriminals typically use it to extract data that they can leverage over victims for financial gain. The ACSC considers ransomware the most significant cyber threats facing private sector organisations.
  • Phishing attacks: this is where users are asked to divulge sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details. Examples include fake security notice warnings where users are warned about “unusual log-in activity”.
  • Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack: a denial-of-service attack floods systems, servers or networks with traffic to exhaust resources and bandwidth. This greatly reduces the system's ability to perform. 
  • Man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack: this type of cyber-attack requires three players: there's the victim, the entity that the victim is trying to communicate to, and the man-in-the-middle who's intercepting the victim's communications. There are many forms of MITM attacks including compromised public Wi-Fi, IP spoofing and DNS spoofing.
  • Structured Query Language (SQL) injection attack: These attacks are a recurring issue with database-driven sites. It occurs when an attacker inserts malicious code into a server that uses SQL and forces the server to reveal information it normally would not. 

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Cybersecurity is what we do

At Huon IT, cybersecurity is a full-time priority. We work with customers to help them adopt best ICT practices into everything they do as well as ensuring compliance with industry security regulations.

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CEO

DAMIAN HUON

As founder and CEO of Huon IT, Damian leads the strategic direction and management of the firm. His extensive experience in the IT industry spans around 30 years. Damian takes a hands-on approach with all clients, regularly consulting on IT strategy and sharing industry insights with some of Australia’s top organisations.

Chief Technology Officer

DENNIS WONG

Working with Huon IT for over a decade, Dennis leads the technical consulting arm of the business as the Chief Technology Officer – driving innovation and leveraging new technologies for our clients. His passion for technology is evident in his vision coupled with his risk-aware implementation approaches.

"Huon IT’s advisory service has been invaluable. Their workshop helped us understand how to look at cybersecurity holistically across the business, and the regular quarterly meetings help us keep on track and current against any new emerging risks. I highly recommend Huon IT’s program to any sized business, large or small."- David Webber, Managing Principal, Davies Collison Cave -