Small Business - Protecting Your
Business Information Online
Small businesses are increasingly opting to do business via the Internet and are
opening their business and telephone lines to customers and suppliers through
electronic trading. They are opting to do business online because it is convenient,
opens the business 24-hours a day, can lead to lower overheads and access to a
wider potential market.
However, this new way of doing business can expose the business to risks
through the very medium that is providing tremendous advantage and access to
customers and suppliers not previously imagined. This fact sheet prepared by the
Australian Bankers’ Association and the Australian High Tech Crime Centre
provides useful information for any business seeking to use the Internet and in
particular, to protect access to your systems and business records from the
outside, when Internet trading, either in or out, is conducted by your business.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MY BUSINESS
It’s important to put in place some measures to reduce risk and protect your business
Install reputable anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date.
Install reputable firewall software & keep it up-to–date.
Keep software patches up-to-date.
Keep your password secret, make it complex, and change it regularly.
Delete without opening any suspicious e-mails - curiosity is a tool used often by hackers.
Download software only from reputable sources.
Have a backup of your critical data that is separate from your Internet connected
computers and burn the data to CD or some backup device.
Test that you can recover with that backup data.
BUSINESS RISKS ONLINE
As small businesses’ sales and revenue collection processes, financial records and cash
management systems are crucial to their success and security, the ability to protect them
from hackers, virus and other threats is vital for long-term viability of the business. It is better
to be prepa