The following is an excerpt from edition 11 of Behind the Dot magazine.
A connected world has infinite possibilities. The connection you have with your customers online has never been as strong as it is today. Your company’s website is not only a crucial piece of capital, but its assets often contain customer information that is invaluable to your business. Unfortunately, this information is also extremely valuable to cybercriminals – nasty hackers who won’t think twice about taking your site down to make a few bucks.
According to the Australian Government, cybercrime affects nine out 10 Australian businesses, putting many of them out of business within six months of an attack. Organisations or individuals seeking to cause disruption and damage to company website assets can use a variety of tactics to gain unauthorised access to domain names. From hacking the company network and gaining access to account usernames and passwords, to masquerading as an authorised contact and requesting changes – there are many strings to a cyber criminal’s bow.
If you were to perform a quick straw poll and ask friends and family members if they had ever received an email from a ‘trusted’ source that didn’t look quite right you could be confident that most would say ‘yes’. In fact, you might even discover that your daughter, your husband or your hairdresser has fallen victim to one of the scams and clicked on a dodgy link.
This needn’t be all doom and gloom however, especially if you’re the proud owner of a .au domain name. Like any good yarn, this one has room for a hero, or two.