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Small Business Cyber Security Too Little Too Late From Government

This week's news that 12 Australian small businesses have fallen victim to ‘WannaCry’ Ransomware unfortunately comes as no surprise to Labor.

Since the release of the Prime Minister's cyber security update, Labor has been calling for the Turnbull Government to focus as much attention on the "engine room" of our economy as the boardroom.

But it was only Tuesday – four days after news hit about last Friday's ransomware attacks – that the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Cyber Security issued a statement urging small businesses to be proactive about improving cyber security and to update operating systems.

In November 2016, incident communication was highlighted as a weak spot by the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security’s review into #censusfail.

In a follow-up interview, the Special Adviser called for better engagement during incidents.

“With cyber security you cannot design out all problems. If we accept the fact that we do our best to reduce the likelihood of it happening, but know that we will fail, then we need to get much better at that whole crisis communications and crisis incident management.”


After the review, the Turnbull Government accepted all the recommendations.

But what's changed? 

What has the Turnbull Government done to help Australia's 2.1 million small businesses on cyber security, 60 percent of whom have no staff – apart from issue a media release four days after the ransomware attacks?

Like so much from the Turnbull Government on small business cyber security, the attention and advice is too little too late.