CyberGuru proudly supporting 2018 Privacy Awareness Week

CyberGuru proudly supporting 2018 Privacy Awareness Week

2018 Privacy Awareness Week

CyberGuru is proud to be again a supporter of this year’s Privacy Awareness Week (PAW). This PAW is all about promoting privacy as part of everyday business. Running from 13 to 19 May, the theme “Privacy: from principles to practice’ focuses on the need for organisations to develop and reassess systems, processes, culture, and practice to make sure the protection of customers” personal information comes first.

Your privacy and personal information is valuable to us, which is why we are a PAW 2018 supporter. To help you understand how we handle personal information, we:

  • Having our displayed privacy policy informing you how we handle your personal information, including collecting only required information necessary to provide our products and services to you and not sharing your information with third-parties unless consent is provided.
  • Ensuring our website and email communications are secure and protected using HTTPS, SSL and encryption technologies.

You can get involved in PAW by discussing privacy with your customers and staff and taking steps to handle your personal information with care. Here are a few quick tips you can use today:

  1. Review the privacy policy of any new app or website where you enter personal information.
  2. Use passwords with a combination of letters and numbers, which aren’t easy to guess that are over eight characters.
  3. Check the privacy settings on your social media profiles and change them to your preferences.
  4. Respect other people’s privacy – ask for permission to post images or videos where they are Identifiable.
  5. Check for the padlock symbol and “https” at the start of a URL – this indicates that the website is secure.

If you would like to find out more about PAW and how your organisation can protect your customers’ personal information, we encourage you visit the PAW website. If CyberGuru can assist you in implementing the suggested practices, please contact us.

Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings

CyberGuru would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and exciting 2018.

2017 was a successful one for CyberGuru as we celebrated our fifth year as a full-time operation, and 20 years since commencing our business.

We thank all of our clients for the opportunity to work with you this year and we look forward to continuing our relationship next year. We also appreciate the support of our clients, family and friends. We look forward to making next year even better!

CyberGuru will be closed from Wednesday 20 December 2017 and will reopen on Monday 8 January 2018 inclusive. During this time, we will not be available by phone or email however we will provide details of a trusted colleague to our clients should you require any assistance.

If you have any ICT requirements to be completed before this time or prior to our return, please contact us as soon as possible to ensure it is attended to prior to our departure.

In lieu of paper Christmas cards, we are continuing our longstanding tradition of donating to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal.

Stay Smart Online Week 2017

Stay Smart Online Week 2017

Stay Smart Online Week 2017

CyberGuru was a proud partner of the Stay Smart Online Week 2017, an initiative of the Australian Government which ran from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October.

Each year, through Stay Smart Online Week, the Australian Government works in collaboration with other agencies, industry, community groups and small business operators such as CyberGuru to raise awareness about the ways people can protect themselves onlineThe national awareness week is typically held in October each year and focuses on a key theme that highlights an important safety message. This year, Stay Smart Online week will took place from 9–13 October and the them brought was ‘simple steps to online safety’.

A selection of educational videos were developed especially for Stay Smart Online Week 2017 and are available on the Stay Smart Online website and Facebook page. By having more people aware of the simple steps they can take to be safe online, the internet will be safer for everyone.

In their recent report, Stay Smart Online noted that, “in the last 12 months we have seen a real shift in cyber activity, and more people than ever are at risk of cybercrime. The Australian Cyber Security Centre Threat Report 2017, launched during the week, shows 47,000 cyber security incidents were reported nationally in the 2016–17 period, a 15% increase on the previous year.”

In addition, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Scamwatch figures found that $37 million has been lost by Australians have already lost to online scams since the start of 2017.

We encourage you to sign up for the CyberGuru Newsletter to be informed of developments and sign up for the Stay Smart Online Alert service to continue to be advised on current cyber threats and how to manage them.

Come and see us at the THE Conference and Queensland Schools VET Conference

Tourism Hospitality and Events (THE) Conference and 2017 Queensland Schools VET Conference

Do you work in the education sector? Well, we have two upcoming events that may interest you.

On Thursday 3 August, Jessie Jeffery, CyberGuru’s Business Development Guru will be presenting on “Social media and the hospitality & tourism sectors: where to next?” at the Tourism, Hospitality and Events (THE) Conference. Jessie will be speaking to education providers and businesses in the THE sectors on the importance of social media and how to incorporate it both into businesses as well as how to incorporate it into the curriculum. She will also be providing information on resources and grants available in this area. The presentation is at 2:25pm and you’re guaranteed to learn something.

Then on Friday 4 August, CyberGuru will be in attendance at the annual Queensland Schools VET Conference, where we will be launching our new training courses in coding and social media. Come down to our booth and have a chat about how we can help with professional development, learning resources and industry currency particularly for certifications in Information, Digital Media and Technology.

We look forward to seeing you at these two great events.