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October 2018


Cybercrime warning

Timely reminder from peak body

Caravan industry warned
to beware of cybercrime

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CARAVAN industry businesses are being warned to take precautions against digital criminals.

This follows recent cybercrime attacks on unwary small and medium enterprises.

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia has received reports of malware and other cybercrimes and says this is a timely reminder to ensure businesses are well protected.

It appears the crimes involve trying to extract information for the purposes of invoice fraud.

Association chief executive Stuart Lamont said it was not only important to limit damage to your business but to meet regulated privacy and data protection obligations to customers.

He advised members to take note of the Australian Government's guidelines for businesses to guard against cybercrime.

Mr Lamont also warned companies to take extra vigilance around payment processes to check the validity of bank accounts, particularly where there is a requested change in payment direction.

BDO Australia's national leader Nick Kervin offered these tips to safeguard businesses:

** Protect Privacy: Ensure everyone with access to your network understands their obligations and how to manage data to protect privacy.

** Protect Passwords: Change regularly and use two factor authentication or verification for additional protection.

** Be Aware of Website Authenticity: Look for the padlock symbol in the address bar and https in the address. Double check the address and look out for added letters, numbers or symbols that shouldn't be part of the address.

** Secure your Network and Devices: Keep security software up to date. Control and secure all devices connected to your network (especially mobile devices and tablets). Have an idle time-out lock.

** Backup Data Regularly: Backup your data and devices regularly in secure off-site locations. You must ensure that these off-site data storage sites meet Australian Privacy Principles standards. Test your backup environment regularly.

** Prepare a Data Breach Response Plan: Prepare a plan to get your business up and running quickly if you are attacked.

** Prioritise and manage risks.

Mr Kervin can be contacted on


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