BEWARE of cyber attacks: Small business owners are being warned of the need to know how to detect and avoid potential cyber attacks.
According to the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) 20 per cent of small businesses in the country were affected by a cyber attack in 2016.
About 11 per cent of those surveyed were hit by ransom ware with an average ransom paid being $4,500.
However, 8 per cent of those who paid a ransom did not get their files back.
COSBOA has suggested a three-pillared approach to protecting small business: education and training, protection and inoculation, and cyber protection insurance.
COSBOA has a Cyber Security Awareness Test to enable small business owners and their staff to assess their knowledge of the subject.
Participation in the test is free to members of COSBOA associations, of which the Pharmacy Guild of Australia is one.
For more information, or if you’ve been affected by cyber attacks, contact COSBOA at 02 9431 8646 or head to www.cosboa.org.au.