Cyber security is about using the force

Last month we held an event in St Kilda aboard a semi-trailer truck aptly named the FortiExpress. It’s run by cybersecurity company, Fortinet, and acts as a mobile cyber security centre showcasing the latest innovations and technology.

There were some awe-inspiring and also scary stuff discussed in the truck, but one of the most interesting was Fortinet’s real-time threat map.

Please, take a moment to have a look at the threat map. 

Irrespective of the day, time and your geological disposition, you’ll see cyber warfare raging in what appears to be a lightsabre-esque representation of incoming and outgoing attacks. The US especially seems to cop it, but also dish it out – it’s hard to say who the Death Star is, who isn’t, maybe we all are. Pew, pew, pew-pew-pew.
Zooming in on Australia, we are also throwing shade on the US and at the same time getting attacked by Japan, China, the UK and, well, ourselves.

What this threat map highlights is that these attacks keep going and going, no matter the time zone or place – and the reality is, being vigilant is 24/7.

These relentless attacks have so far, according to Scamwatch, cost Australians over $25 million at the time of writing this. The delivery method for the highest amount of financial loss is email, phone comes in second.

For businesses, the risk is far higher. 43 percent of all cybercrime target small businesses, and 59 percent of all Australian organisations have their business interrupted by a breach every, single, month.

Even if you do have a sturdy Multifactor Authentication (MFA) and a password manager to boot, the types of scams coming out from phishing to ransomware to scammers impersonating the ATO – require a higher form of vigilance.

The good news is, you can take steps to better secure a business big or small. While there’s a force out there looking to attack, there’s a greater force looking to protect – the important thing is to align with the right side.
If you’re keen to know where you sit security-wise, get in touch for a risk assessment.