Australian institutions seem to be under attack with about 49 notifications of data breaches in the private health sector and 36 in the financial sector as of June 2018! These are actually notifications made to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner under the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme that started in February this year (if you want to learn more about the Data Breach scheme, have a look at ).
Each represents either a malicious or a criminal attack such as phishing, ransomware, malware, or even brute-force. The main target of these attacks is personal information (financial details, phone numbers, home addresses, email addresses, health information, and more), but according to the institutions’ representatives, only about 100 individuals or fewer were affected by the breaches.
Still, there is one data breach that heated things up, where the confidential information of about 1 million people was put at risk. Known as the PageUp data breach, this one exposed records of people looking to get new jobs, recruitment records, and more.
Overall, the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) received 242 notifications of data breaches in the June quarter, out of which, 59% were malicious or criminal attacks.
How to Stay Protected?
These numbers should make you think about your own data’s security, which is why we have several tips that will help reduce the risk of a breach:
- Implement multiple layers of security for your users ()
- If you use G Suite, follow these
- Perform a scan on your computers to look for customer details that should not be there. This way, in the case of a breach, if your systems don’t have client data, you may not need to report a data breach. Onsite Helper can provide a free scan for your business and provide a report on what needs to be fixed.
- If the worst happened and you do have a breach, here are
Overall, it’s important to continuously update your company’s IT security system, but you also have to minimize the impact of a breach if the worst happens. This way, you protect your company’s sensitive information and reputation on several fronts and you don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
If you would like a free Data Breach vulnerability report, please contact Onsite Helper here or call 1300 889 839
Example of Onsite Helpers Data Breach scan report