News 4 December 2018

New grant for cyber security health checks

The Australian Government’s new Cyber Security Small Business Program launched this week. The program provides businesses with 19 or fewer employees with a grant of up to $2,100 for a certified small business cyber security health check to determine business risk and areas that need attention.

Grants will be provided to small businesses for up to 50 per cent of the cost of a micro, small or standard certified small business check. These health checks are essentially the same, but vary in price depending on the number of devices that are tested.

The first step in applying for the grant is to register for a health check on the CREST small business website. Once the health check has been completed and you have paid the provider, submit an application for the government to reimburse you up to $2,100.

Victorian Chamber research shows almost three quarters of Victorian businesses are concerned about cyber security risks, with more than half experiencing an increase in cyber threats over the past five years. While the majority of businesses have some measures in place to protect their organisations, these differ widely from advanced systems and outsourced IT protection to just over a quarter with only basic anti-virus software.

This grant is a great and affordable first step in protecting your business.

Applications close 30 June 2020 or when the $10 million of funding is exhausted.

To find out more and register for a health check click here.

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