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The Chronicle: Small business - stay cyber savvy

Thankfully, it appears only 18 Australians fell victim to the recent WannaCry Ransomware incident.

That's 18 too many, but a far cry from the reported 200,000 in more than 100 countries.

But of those 18, 12 were small businesses.

There are 2.1 million small businesses in Australia today.

Eighty-four percent of them operate online.

And 60 percent have no staff.

For most of them, it’s just the owner doing and managing the business and securing their online environment - usually from their kitchen table or home office with a mobile and lap top.

If small businesses are to take advantage of the boundless opportunities offered online, they need to be mindful of cyber risks and mitigate them. That means regular patching, back ups and IT health checks.

Because, as a former small business owner, I wouldn’t want to wake up one morning to find my years of hard work, my contacts, data and intellectual property and, most importantly, my reputation were being held to ransom by an anonymous cybercriminal.

Help protect your small business. Visit www.staysmartonline.gov.au