Four Support Partner Shutdowns

Unless you work in the North Pole with a bunch of elves, chances are you will have some sort of shutdown period coming up at the end of this year. But even if your business stays open for most of the holiday period, many of the business partners you rely on might not. Is there anyone your business relies on that might not be available when you need them towards the end of the month? Do you have plans in place to deal with any issues while they’re away?

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Three Holiday Themed Phishing Emails

Email is the lifeblood of most businesses, and at this time of year the emails are coming thick and fast. While you’re busy working towards the end of the year, your staff are planning the end of year party, your suppliers and partners are thanking you for your business and your customers are trying to get their last minute questions answered.

This is just the sort of chaos that cyber attackers love to take advantage of. 

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Two Travel Visa Scams

Thinking of taking the family to Disneyland these holidays? Looking to trade the Aussie summer heat for the slopes of a Canadian winter? Planning for trips like these can be fun, but keep a look out when you get to the visa application stage of your preparations for scammers out to make a quick buck (or worse).

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12 Days of Threatmas

The holiday period can be a busy time for all of us as we work hard towards the end of the year. Unfortunately, cybercriminals frequently use this as an opportunity to take advantage and have a number of seasonally specific attacks they use to threaten small businesses. To help you prepare for these threats we’ve created the “12 Days of Threatmas”.

Sign-up and over 12 days we’ll send you information of specific threats you should be aware of this time of year and quick tips to help you protect your business and keep you secure into the new year.

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Is Cyber Security just about Technology?

Cyber security is NOT a technology issue, it's a business issue

It sounds like a cliche, but in my opinion this is absolutely the number one most misunderstood thing about cyber security today. So many of the business owners that we from Cynch speak to have started the discussion with the belief that it's all about what technology their business uses or what software, and they don't think about any other aspect of their business or the market they operate in and how this affects their risk.

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CYNCH + Stay Smart Online partnership confirmed!

Today is an important one for those of us here at Cynch Security, having seen our logo added to the partner page of the federal government's Stay Smart Online resource website this afternoon. Formalising this arrangement is a proud moment, and we look forward to partnering on many initiatives in the future.

Now we're busy planning our activities for October to align with Stay Smart Online Week from 9-13th - stay tuned for the release of more security pathways and special deals designed to help small businesses secure their systems and keep their customers safe. 

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I have been pwned, what do I do now?

We've been fans of Troy Hunt's Have I Been Pwned? for quite a while at Cynch Security and encourage our members to sign-up to the free service as part of our Password Management for Small Business security pathway. If you haven't yet checked your email address in the service, we encourage you to head over there now and do so. Troy regularly loads large data breaches to haveibeenpwned, but this week's list of 711 million pwned accounts is his largest to date and we felt it would be worth spending some time discussing what it means and what actions you should take if your email address shows up.

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