Cyber Security, Data Protection, & Risk Management

Cyber Security is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These cyber-attacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information, extorting money from users, or interrupting normal business processes.

Black Book Cyber Security is a cyber risk management agency specialising in reducing cyber and personal data risk and elevating business security and resilience. We also consult on telecommunications — the entry point for all cyber risk — as well as second opinion consulting on general information technology services and projects.

Our aim is to help people safely engage with the modern world of technology and maintain ownership of their information and right to privacy. 

Most people do not fully understand the importance of cyber security for their home or their business. We help explain why it’s critical, and provide you with simple, and effective measures to implement.

Three common mistakes people make with cybersecurity.

  1. Lax attitude — Many people think that no one would be interested in their information, because they’re too insignificant, or just don’t have anything to hide. In fact, everyone has information worth protecting — your personal health records, your tax file number, financial information, and even your identity. All of these types of data are targeted by cyber criminals on a daily basis.
  2. No full understanding — Many people find it hard to grasp the amount of information they have because it is dispersed across multiple places. In situations like this, data loss, theft, accidental sharing, or worse, is almost inevitable.
  3. Insufficient knowledge — Not knowing what the risks are and how best to protect yourself from information and identity theft, is a recipe for disaster. Take steps to get educated about cyber security. Protecting yourself and your business is easier than you think.

Four tips on improving security

  1. Passwords — The Work-Personal-Public approach is a method of catergorising your passwords that helps to make them easier to remember and more secure. Use our Password Cocktail formula to help create great, easy to remember passwords, and don’t forget, change them regularly – at least every six months.
  2. Perimeter — Even if you just have a simple internet connection and a few computers at home, you’re still exposed. Small “set and forget” firewalls — devices designed to protect your home or business from outside threats — can be very cost effective and easy to install.
  3. Protection — Do you use a professional antivirus package capable of recognising ransomware threats quickly and smartly? Reputable anti-virus packages — such as Trend Micro Internet Security — should be a non-negotiable in your cybersecurity action plan.
  4. Do you have a data recovery plan? When was the last time you tested your back-up? Many people, from home office workers to small business operators, don’t do enough to ensure that their data is properly backed up. Ensuring that you’re covered is critical if you ever need to recover from data loss or a ransomware attack.

Five ways to keep private and secure

  1. Respect yourself. Value your own information. Make sure that your colleagues are aware that their privacy is important to you also.
  2. Get on the Federal Government’s Do Not Call Register. While not perfect, it helps with society’s “roadblock” against digital scams.
  3. If you use Dropbox, or something like it, never store confidential or commercially sensitive information on it, unless protected by an encryption tool.
  4. When ordering online and filling out digital forms — especially for once-off purchases at sites you may not normally visit — use a generic email address, consider a post box or workplace delivery, and don’t fill out anything you don’t have to.
  5. If you wouldn’t share it with a stranger on the street, don’t share it online. Simple as that.

Randall C. Hughson

Randall C. Hughson is a security consultant, general technology engineer, speaker, and musician. He is the Director of Technology and Innovation at Rawson Verco Need.

He has worked as a systems administrator in the wine, insurance, and general finance industries; consultant with Hewlett Packard Enterprise; and as project technical lead with SA Health, which involved aspects of both the old and new Royal Adelaide Hospital projects.

Since entering the industry at the height of the dot-com boom in 1998, he’s learnt the best methods of applying global principles to complex environments, and the importance people before technology. He’s personable and engaging and enjoys collaboration and getting great results. He is passionate about data privacy, democracy, and sustainable technology.

Outside business, Randall can often be seen playing saxophone in several bands at local pubs and corporate events.