10 October 2016
The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Dan Tehan, at the launch of Stay Smart Online week

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Dan Tehan, today called on all Australians to be proactive about their cyber security.

The importance of this issue hits home when you understand that 90% of Australians will be online by 2017.

Mr Tehan said cybercrime costs the Australian economy more than $1 billion a year as he launched 2016 Stay Smart Online Week at the National Library of Australia.

"CERT Australia, the national computer emergency response team, has dealt with more than 9,000 cyber security incidents affecting Australian businesses already this year," Mr Tehan said.

"There have been more than 74,000 cybercrimes reported to ACORN since November 2014, with online scams and fraud accounting for 42 per cent."

"These statistics demonstrate the importance of every Australian taking responsibility for their own cyber security."

The theme for the ninth annual Stay Smart Online Week (10-14 October) is Cyber safety from the lounge room to the board room and focuses on the importance of good online security habits at home and at work.

Mr Tehan launched two guides to mark the start of the week: an updated Stay Smart Online Small Business Guide and a new Stay Smart Online My Guide for individuals.

The guides provide advice on vital areas of online security including: privacy, passwords, suspicious messaging, surfing safely, online finances and payments, tablets and mobiles, security software and reporting. They are available for download from the Guides page.

"These resources can help everyone understand the steps they can take to protect themselves and their business online," Mr Tehan said.

"The Government is committed to a safe and secure internet for every Australian and is making significant investments to improve our cyber security through the National Cyber Security Strategy."

"People also need to take responsibility for their own cyber security and there are simple steps we can all take to protect our personal and financial information online."

"The Stay Smart Online Alert Service has online safety information and solutions to help you protect your online safety and privacy and is a beneficial resource for all Australians to stay safe online."

The Alert Service is a free subscription service that sends information about current online security threats. For more information about the 2016 Stay Smart Online Week or to sign up for the Alert Service visit the Alert Service page.

Stay Smart Online Week is supported by more than 1700 business and community partners.

The official launch included a panel discussion with cyber security experts and industry professionals including IDCARE, the Australian Payments Clearing Association, Central Queensland University and the Australian Government.

 Panel chair ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann; Dr David Lacey, Managing Director IDCARE; Ms Trish McGinness, Manager of Compliance Australian Payments Clearing Association; Mr Peter Vanheck, Data Centre Manager Central

From left to right: Panel chair ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann; Dr David Lacey, Managing Director IDCARE; Ms Trish McGinness, Manager of Compliance Australian Payments Clearing Association; Mr Peter Vanheck, Data Centre Manager Central Queensland University; Mr Alastair MacGibbon, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security.