Technology and data are integral components in the local government sector, driving efficiencies and process improvement. Along with the increased use of technology, there comes increased risks such as financial, compliance and potentially reputational risks, which must be considered.

So what do you need to consider in regards to cyber security and what can you personally do to protect yourself and your organization?

Businesses should shift their focus from IT security to risk management. There are various pre-emptive methods that organisations can take to prevent a cyber-attack.
Here are 10 methods to increase cyber security:
  1. Ensure that unique passwords are used in order to prevent attackers from hacking into your organisation. This is essential because if the attacker gets a hold of one account it is easier to hack through various other accounts within the organisation. Passwords should be amended on a regular basis.
  2. Do not open suspicious links and untrusted sources or attachments. Phishing emails are designed to look legitimate in order to lure the user into clicking on the link. Thus, always analyse who sent the email and never provide private information such as bank account details, credit cards and etc.
  3. Never leave your electronic device unattended. Always ensure to lock your computer or other electronic device when out of your line of sight.
  4. Your organisation should keep its operating systems up to date; regular updates ensure to fix patches in the system that can be used as a loophole for attackers.
  5. Set up multifactor authentication on your devices and for emails. This provides an alert to a device of your choice (eg. phone) when logging online.
  6. Limit the use of your work email address on public facing internet websites.
  7. Avoid using unsecured public internet unless necessary, particularly when accessing your work system, email or files. If you do connect to the public internet, try to limit the use of sending or receiving valuable or sensitive information.
  8. Stay smart with social media – ensure that the necessary privacy settings are in place and maintained.
  9. Check personal and work bank statements and transactions regularly to monitor for unusual or unauthorised activity.
  10. Familiarise yourself with your organisation’s acceptable use policy.

Click here for 'Cyber Security Pointers' which includes some links that may be helpful for further research and information. 

There are a number of reputable providers on WALGA’s ICT and Related Services Preferred Supplier Panel that can offer management, operational or holistic consultancy services and products to help secure your Cyber assets. 

This Panel is in the process of being enhanced and will contain a dedicated Cyber Security category as part of the refresh for its next iteration.