Can your business prevent a cyber attack?

Can your business prevent a cyber attack

July 26, 2021


26 JULY 2021


Can your business prevent a cyber attack?
New local video training platform aims to make Kiwis and Aussies more cyber smart.


SecureAZ Director Sam Ardern became increasingly concerned that not enough local businesses are taking a potential cyber security threat seriously, leaving them vulnerable to hackers. He believes the average company is not adequately training its employees in what to look out for in email scams (phishing) and social engineering (people taking on the identity of someone you know to perpetrate a scam).


“Employees are being targeted by phishing, malware and online scams every day. The majority haven’t a clue what to look for to fend off a cyberattack. They’re oblivious to the fact they are basically sitting ducks,” says Ardern.


After trialling various overseas cyber security training systems, Sam Ardern became convinced that a local platform that used language Kiwis and Aussies could relate to would fill a gap in the market.


SecureAZ was launched in 2021 specifically to meet the cyber safety needs of New Zealand and Australian organisations. It’s a Kiwi-owned and operated cyber security training programme that’s accessible and affordable. SecureAZ provides insights, tips and pop-up quizzes through a series of easy-to-follow short video courses. Follow-up real-world phish simulation testing verifies that employees have learned to be more alert to potential cyber threats.


‘If one of New Zealand’s DHBs can be hacked and paralysed, it can happen to anyone,’ says Ardern. ‘All it takes is one careless, untrained staff member to open the wrong email attachment – then BOOM!’


The chaos that follows a cyberattack can have far-reaching repercussions, and not just financial. In the case of a hacked government health organisation, it can lead to scheduled surgeries and appointments being delayed, creating backlogs. It can take months to fully restore services. If a business is hacked, valuable IP can be lost. A hacked organisation can be rendered literally unable to function, resulting in losses in jobs, income and credibility. Ransom demands are not uncommon before the hacked organisation can regain access their data. Critical company data can also be released to the dark web.


“It’s a no-brainer,” says Ardern. ‘Why wouldn’t you put preventative measures in place to protect your vital infrastructure just as you would for any other major threat to your business? Raising staff awareness levels by providing them with effective, accessible training is a good starting point.”




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