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Small Business Cyber Security a Blind Spot for Turnbull Government

There has been a flurry of Turnbull Government activity on the cyber security front this week – and, until today, all of it has ignored small business.

Despite the Prime Minister declaring small business the “very engine room of the Australian economy”, yesterday’s Australian Cyber Security Centre survey studied mostly large companies and government agencies with more than 200 staff.

And while yesterday’s cyber security roundtable with the Prime Minister was billed as a “forum of executives” to “bolster Australian intelligence cooperation with the private sector”, how many of the “executives” came from small business?

Today’s ASX 100 Health Check Report is yet another survey focused on the attitudes, governance and resilience of the big end of town.

Surveys on the rapidly evolving cyber security environment of any sized private or public sector organisation are valuable, but it has not been until today that the Turnbull Government has turned its attention to small business – finally.   

There are 2.1 million small businesses in Australia. Most of them – 60 percent – don’t have any staff. Many of them are falling prey to cyber threats and intrusions.

If the Turnbull Government is serious about cyber security it should not have taken until today to realise the engine room is as important as the boardroom.