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FedEx, Telefonica, Renault and the UK Hospital system are just some of the businesses that have been affected by the recent global cyber attack over the past few days, where a malicious email campaign, sending nearly five million emails per hour, sent email attachments containing a hidden malware known as ‘WannaCry’ to users.
To date, over 200,000 attacks have occurred in 150 countries, including Australia. The self replicating virus was able to enter company networks when unassuming employees clicked on these email attachments. Ransom notes were then sent to those affected demanding sums up to US$300 within 2 hours (before prices would double) in exchange for their data being released. Many articles have cited that the attack is believed to be the biggest online extortion attack ever recorded.
Dan Tehan, Assistant Minister for Cyber Security said the attacks were primarily aimed at small to medium sized private sector businesses, particularly those using older software and IT infrastructure.
This is a common software virus that can effect anyone no matter your size or occupation.
It’s a timely reminder to ensure you have effectively patched applications and to ensure your technology remains supported by the developer. It’s also a timely remind for considering whether you need cyber insurance in the event your system was ever affected.
Contact us and obtain an insurance quote regarding cyber insurance today.
Has your business been hit by a virus holding your system to ransom?
Guess what? You’re not the only one. These attacks are becoming more and more frequent to the point that it is highly likely that your business will be affected directly or indirectly in the next 12 months.
CPA Australia, in conjunction with Armstrong’s Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd and Eaglecrest Technologies invite you to come along to this FREE event, enjoy some light networking and learn how to prepare for a cyber breach and minimise your cyber security risks.
Our lovely Danni has gone pink for a great cause.
Goldwell are donating $100 to the McGrath Foundation this week for Breast Cancer Awareness!
The McGrath Foundation aims to make life that little bit easier for individuals and families experiencing breast cancer. They raise money to place specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses wherever they’re needed, and make breast health understanding a priority.
To be part of the Goldwell Go Pink promotion find your nearest Goldwell salon here: http://bit.ly/SalonsGW or donate directly to the McGrath Foundation at https://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/Donate.aspx
When you’re a business owner, making sure your insurance policies protect your assets and your business are important and are often forgotten. There are times where the success or failure of your business can rest on whether or not you have the right insurance in place.
There are options on how you buy your insurance. You can purchase direct from an insurer or you can engage the service of a licensed insurance broker. Armstrong’s Insurance Brokers is a licensed insurance broker.
An insurer is a company which is licensed by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to underwrite insurance policies. APRA regulates and monitors insurance companies to ensure that they manage their business in a way that can pay claims.
An insurance broker is a professional adviser who is an expert in risk and insurance. They must hold and Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) and meet a strict set of obligations.
There are pro’s and con’s to how you purchase your insurance. This comes down in part to how comfortable you are with your insurance knowledge and how much time you have available.
When you engage us as your insurance broker we ensure that we understand you and your business, manage your claims and ensure you are getting the best insurance cover possible.
Contact us and obtain an insurance quote when you’re ready to take the next step to discuss your insurance needs.
The Knights Cricket Club recently presented Certificates of Appreciation to their Club Sponsors for the 2016-17 Season. Armstrong’s Insurance Brokers has sponsored the Club for a number of years now.
The Knights Cricket Club said:
“As a volunteer organisation, the Knights Cricket Club relies heavily upon the generosity of its sponsors to stay afloat. The ongoing support of our sponsors has played a huge role in the on and off-field success of the Knights Cricket Club”.
In the photo: Sam Lawrence presents the certificate to Hayden Armstrong of Armstrong’s Insurance Brokers.