Cybercrime: now easier to identify, report, avoid

Cybercrime affects many Australians and as our reliance on technology grows, the cost and incidence of cybercrime is expected to increase. According to the Australian Government's National Plan to Combat Cybercrime, the annual national cost of cybercrime is estimated to be as high as $2 billion.

In response to these concerning trends, the Australian Government has launched the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN), a national policing initiative under the Government's National Plan to Combat Cybercrime. Developed collaboratively with law enforcement and regulatory agencies across Australia, ACORN is an online system designed to make it easier to report cybercrime, help agencies better understand how cybercrime is affecting Australians and ultimately, make Australia a harder target for cybercriminals.

What does ACORN do?

  • Provides information on how to recognise and avoid common forms of cybercrime, including hacking, online scams, online fraud, identity theft and attacks on computer systems.
  • Provides advice for those who have fallen victim to cybercrime.
  • Makes reporting cybercrime easier and more convenient.
  • Makes it easier for authorities to coordinate enforcement action. 

If you believe you are a victim of cybercrime you should report it. Visit www.acorn.gov.au.

Practical help

CCI has a number of useful publications on this and many other topics available on this site or by calling risksupport on 1300 660 827.

They include:

Managing Online Risk Fact Sheet

Developing an IT Security Policy Fact Sheet

Cyber Insurance

CCI’s Cyber Insurance can protect you from the fallout of a range of cyber-crime and computer-based activities. Cyber events including computer malware, data breaches, cyber extortion threats and denial of service attacks can all lead to losses and claims being made against you. If you would like more information speak to your  Account Executive, call 1800 011 028 or visit 
www.ccinsurance.org.au 

Like to know more?

To speak to one of our Risk Consultants, call risksupport on 1300 660 827.

 

Posted: 9 February 2015

Topic: Online Security

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