Why cyber security is so important

An overview of why cyber security protection is a must for every organisation.
Why cyber security is so important

Protecting your organisation against data breaches and cybercrime is a now must-do for every organisation, irrespective of staffing, services or revenue.

Australia’s Health Records and Privacy laws require that you secure all your health and personal information.

Cyber security protection should be considered for:

  • Anywhere information is stored, such as:
    • End-user devices, such as PCs, laptops, phones and tablets
    • Your email system(s)
    • File sharing services, including file servers and Cloud storage
    • Systems and apps, such as client case management systems
  • Any device that transmits information, such as firewalls, routers and switches.

The good news is you don’t have to do everything at once. Our guides can help you draw up an effective road map towards effective organisational cyber security.

The following guides provide some background and an overview of cyber security issues and challenges:

Why the fuss?

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner received 1051 notifications of data breaches in 2020. Here are some key findings of its 2021 Notifiable Data Breaches Report:

  • Data breaches are increasing – notifications went up 5% across the year
  • 58% of notifications were attributable to malicious or criminal attack
  • Almost a quarter of those affected were health service providers
  • Human error was a factor in almost half of data breaches, rising 18% across the year.

Recovering from a data breach can take weeks or months of effort, damage your reputation and impact revenue. Ensuring you have critical cyber security protections in place will go a long to protecting your critical client and staff information. See our guide to Cyber security essentials.