Rural Law Forum on Cyber-safety, Privacy and the Cloud

19 June 2013

The Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice hosted a rural law forum on cyber-safety, privacy and the cloud on 19 June 2013.

This forum was attended by 65 participants from Geelong, Warrnambool, Portland, Ballarat, Horsham, Bendigo, Swan Hill, Shepparton, Bairnsdale and Morwell.

The speakers provided both professional and personal insight into what you can do to protect your business.

Dr Anthony Bendall, Deputy Privacy Commissioner of Victoria, spoke of the different privacy law requirements at the state and federal level and the responsibilities they place on business and the Government sectors.

Troy Braban, Chief Information Security Officer Australia Post, suggested practical steps both small and large businesses could apply to assess the risk to their data should there be a cyber-attack.

Bartek Marnane, Stay Smart Online Ambassador and General Manager for Moshtix, discussed the cloud and its application to small business. He also provided some insight into how he protects his own business and shared some tips no business should ignore.

Alex Woerndle, Executive Director and cofounder of  Alex told the story of how his former company, Distribute IT, was completely wiped out within days of an attack by hackers. His reflections on the incident provide many lessons for other small businesses.

“I thought the inclusion of the individual whose business was destroyed by hacking was effective - a powerful story that brings home the reality of the risk. The panel was well balanced between large industry, small industry and privacy regulation. I hope that the Centre will provide more of these presentations on legal matters of interest across the state”, said Lynne McGregor-Carroll.

The mission of the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice is to enhance access to improved justice systems and services for rural and regional Australians through research, education, engagement and advocacy.

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