Cyber safety awareness is not enough: AISA

Knowledge and awareness must go hand in hand, says security expert

Cyber safety awareness may still be lacking amongst the wider community, but so is information on how people can protect themselves from attacks, according to research from the Australian Information Security Association (AISA).

The research found that 90 per cent of surveyed members believe available security measures are not being reliably deployed while 98 per cent predict security threats will increase.

As National Cyber Safety Awareness Week ramps up, AISA advocacy group chair James Turner said the organisation would like to help the wider community by offering them tips on how to prevent IT security issues.

“What's as important as awareness, is the knowledge of what to do,” he said.

“This is why the [Australian government’s] Stay Smart Online campaign is important, because it is both raising the issue as well as providing 10 top tips that people can actually do to protect themselves.”

Some of these tips include installing and updating security software, turning on automatic software updates, using strong passwords and talking with children about staying safe online, including on their smartphones or tablets.

In addition, AISA branches in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales are sharing these tips by organising branch meetings for members and guests to learn more about the Stay Safe Online program. Guests are also encouraged to pick up information on the top tips to distribute in their community.

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He added that most AISA members would like to see security included across the online experience to make things easier for people.

“In an ideal world, people wouldn't even have to lock their doors at home, but we're a while away from living in that world,” Turner said.

“The wider community needs to be better informed about online security because there is a legitimate threat and AISA members want them to be safe.”


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