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Australia: ACSC publishes practical cyber security tips for business leaders

On January 17, 2024, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) announced that it had published new guidance entitled 'Practical Cyber Security Tips for Business Leaders.' The guidance provides advice to help business leaders and senior executives secure their devices, social media accounts, and communication channels like emails and texts.

How can business leaders improve their cybersecurity?

To improve their cybersecurity, the guidance encourages business leaders to:

  • enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to prevent unauthorized access to their devices and accounts;
  • keep their software, applications, and operating systems up to date; and
  • regularly back up important files.

Furthermore, the guidance highlights several measures business leaders can take to secure their devices and communications. These include:

  • using separate work and personal devices and accounts;

  • giving only minimum permissions to software and apps;

  • using encrypted messaging applications;
  • restricting social media privacy and security settings; and

  • turning off a device's communications capabilities when not required.

When traveling, the guidance states that business leaders should take precautions to reduce the impact of lost or stolen devices including encrypting devices and enabling devices to be erased remotely. 

You can read the press release here and the guidance here.