David Speaks: Cybersecurity numbers with IPA Queensland

David's first speaking engagement for 2022 rolled around last week with a presentation to the Brisbane Central chapter of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) as part of their member education series.  

The IPA were keen to educate their members about the importance of cyber security and protecting not only their own business data, but that of their clients as well. 

The session was titled "5 things you can do to now to increase your business and personal cybersecurity"

David covered practical examples and tips on proactively protecting businesses against cyber criminals and other threats. 

With phishing emails or compromised website being encountered by businesses and their staff everyday, just one wrong click can spell catastrophe for a business if you or your team don’t recognise the tell-tale signs of a hacking attempt.

David covered the following topics in Cyber Security for small business:

  • The business of hacking
  • Phishing – the #1 way cyber breaches occur
  • Social Engineering
  • Passwords and Multifactor Authentication
  • Secure Wi-Fi

David expanded the business of hacking, using the Ransomware-as-a-service consortium GandCrab/REvil as an example of how hacking has become so organised that victims of the hacking get access to a help desk for payments and a 12 month guarantee not to be hacked again.

Questions from the audience ranged from what are the best Multifactor Authentication (MFA) apps to use (we suggest Microsoft Authenticator, Google Authenticator or the inbuilt ones for password management tools such as LastPass), and how to encourage clients to secure their own data, to help with this, the attendees were also armed with our 14 ways to protect your business from a cyber attack handout.

We have already had followup enquiries from a couple of the attendee's looking to secure their emails and start their business continuity journey with backups for Xero, Microsoft 365 and WorkflowMax.

David has been honoured to take on keynote speaker roles for Chartered Public Accountants (CPA) Brisbane, QUT’s Disrupting Law and panel discussions including the globally televised World Legal Summit in conjunction with the University of Queensland. David is part of the College of Law’s Geeky Guru’s and throughout 2020 he hosted a series of Cyber Security webinars for their Legalpreneurs Lab.  

If you are looking for a cyber security speaker for your next industry event drop us a line, we would love to help you out.