June 12 marked the start of Cyber Security Awareness week in Australia, as the government looks to encourage better understanding of online safety in both the public and private sector.
Minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy Stephen Conroy was on hand to stress the importance of remaining vigilant when dealing with cyber security.
‘The internet is an integral part of our everyday life whether shopping, socialising or doing business,’ said the minister.
‘It is, therefore, important that Australians are able to take full advantage of the benefits offered by the internet in a safe and secure manner, whether they are on their laptop, smartphone or gaming console.’
A range of events have been scheduled, including conferences, workshops and forums all aimed at encouraging cyber security awareness.
Sponsors for the event include global industry leaders like Google, Facebook and PayPal.
Cyber Security Awareness week is a good time for businesses to consider their own security standards and ensure they comply with the rules and regulations surrounding dealing with online retail services.
The official Stay Smart Online website has a range of tips for small to medium businesses, and notes that as more retailers turn to the internet to reach customers, having effective online security practices grows increasingly important.
All businesses that deal with credit or debit cards must ensure they comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), a set of rules and regulations aimed at ensuring secure online payment systems.
The PCI DSS is not a one-size-fits-all standard, as businesses of different sizes will find they have different requirements.
This can be confusing, particularly for small businesses, so a professional PCI DSS compliance test is often the best way to ensure your business is meeting its responsibilities when it comes to ensuring consumer safety.