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Australian Cyber Security Centre

Cyber Security for Small Business

ACSC Small Business Cyber Security Guide

ACSC’s flagship guidance document and starting point for any small business is the Small Business Cyber Security Guide. It provides simple information that, when understood and implemented, can significantly avoid or reduce the impact of the most common cyber security incidents. This has been specifically designed for small businesses to understand, take action, and increase their cyber security resilience against ever-evolving cyber security threats.

It is designed for small businesses with less than 20 staff, that are time poor, and have limited resources and cyber security background knowledge. It contains the following sections:

  • Key Threats
  • Key Software Considerations
  • Key People and Procedures
  • Summary Checklist
  • Glossary

Read the ACSC Guide online, or download the ASCS Guide as a PDF.

ACSC Step-by-Step Guides

ACSC Supplemental Guides

Feedback from business and individuals is that once they understand why cyber security is important, there is a gap of information on “how to specifically do it”. We recognise that specific instructions reduce the anxiety of those with limited technical knowledge, having to wander through the settings of a device or software. To complement the Small Business Cyber Security Guide, ACSC has also launched their Step-by-Step Guides.

These Step-by-Step Guides are designed so that each stage of the process, with visual screenshots, is clearly set out to ensure the user understands what they are doing and why they are doing it. ACSC currently has Step-by-Step Guides published for how to turn on automatic updates (Windows and Mac versions) as well as on how to turn on two-factor authentication for various popular email and social media platforms. They are currently working on guides for backing up and restoring data, other two-factor authentication guides, amongst other controls, but are always open to suggestions and ideas.

Read the Step-by-Step Guides on the ACSC website.

ACSC Quick Wins for Small Business

We also see the need to provide quick and accessible advice on specific cyber security issues. The Quick Wins for Small Business series provides a two page summary of quick action items a small business owner can read and apply. The first is for portable devices, and ACSC is currently developing Quick Wins for preparing for end of support, as well as website security; both very relevant and important for small business owners and operators.

  • Updated: 11th November, 2019