Cyber Security

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased Australian’s dependence on the internet. This reliance has also led to an increase in opportunities for cyber criminals to exploit vulnerable targets. According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre, over the 2020-21 financial year there has been a 13% increase in cybercrime reports from the previous year, with losses totalling more than $33 billion.*

We know cybercrime is a real threat to all Australians, which is why it is important that we all do what we can to keep our data, systems and devices safe.

We ask you to please check the sender address on all correspondence you receive, and never click on a link you are unsure of. Here are a few simple steps we recommend to help keep you cyber-safe:

What you can do to protect your personal information

  • Install anti-virus software on all your devices and regularly update the software
  • Never give out your personal information over the phone unless you have properly identified the caller
  • Use a strong password or unique passphrase and activate two-factor authentication where possible
  • Remember that we will not ask you to perform financial transactions over the phone
  • Don’t share your personal information or whereabouts on social media
  • Let us know if you see an email from us that you think is a scam
*Source: ACSC Annual Cyber Threat Report 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021
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