The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia has launched a pilot CyberWardens program to help 2.3 million small businesses across Australia to address cybersecurity risks.
Based on the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s recent Annual Cyber Threat Report 2022, cybersecurity risks have exponentially increased, particularly affecting small businesses. Even a single email phishing attack could cost a small business approximately $50,000. Blame is often assigned to the rapid growth of technology, however, 95% of cyber attacks are attributable to human error. As such, the greatest tool to combat cyber attacks is through anticipating, education, and awareness.
The CyberWardens program is designed to educate and upskill small businesses and their workers. It aims to become Australia’s first cyber safety workplace certification for the small business sector. More importantly, the program is designed by small businesses for small businesses. Anyone can enrol to become a Cyber Warden and keep a small business vigilant against cyber attacks.
The CyberWardens program will be rolled out at no cost to participants and promises to be delivered in a format accessible to everyone regardless of technological skill or know-how. Small businesses may already sign up for the CyberWardens program in anticipation of its upcoming launch.