Australia Counters Cybercrime Threat with ACORN

Jun 9, 2016

It is no secret that cybercrime is on the radar of businesses and governments across the globe. Every organization, whether it is a small business or a large government, has to take precautions to prevent being hacked, and the cost can be significant. Newsworthy articles surface virtually on a daily basis sharing details of a new cybercrime threat or a development in the fight against cybercrime. One organization that is has proven to be a valuable asset in the cybercrime battle is the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

ACORN was established in 2014 by the Australian Government in an effort to provide a way to make reporting cybercrime easier. Computerworld shared that over 39,000 reports from individuals and organizations regarding cybercrime were received by ACORN in 2015. This initiative has proven to be a great tool for Australian law enforcement in terms of cybercrime case management and in the identification of cybercrime trends. Considering that Australia appears to now be considered a hotbed for cybercrime activity, law enforcement needs all the help that can be sent in its direction.

According to PwC, Australian organizations have been effected by cybercrime at double the global rate. Nearly 65 percent of the organizations in Australia have had cybercrime incidents in the past 24 months. The global average is 32 percent. In order to combat this trend, ACORN has been a vital resource for Australia in the fight against cybercrime. This organization provides awareness about this issue, how to avoid being a victim, and makes reporting incidents a simple task.

One of the most important things that we can do is ensure that we are educated regarding cybercrime. ACORN provides a plethora of information that can help anyone, not just Aussies, learn how to prevent falling victim to a cyber attack. Some of the information that it presents includes how to avoid being the victim of an email scam, how to properly secure your computer, how to protect your personal information, and much more.

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