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Norton launches new all-in-one internet security for small businesses and entrepreneurs

Leading internet security company Norton has announced an all-in-one cyber security solution for small businesses and entrepreneurs to safeguard their online activities and data.

Norton Small Business is aimed at those companies who don’t have the resources for a dedicated IT team but who want to stay safe online.

In Australia 97.5 per cent of businesses are small businesses and the lifeblood of our economy and employ hundreds of thousands of people around the country.

Cyber criminals often target small businesses with scams and phishing threats knowing they don’t have the same IT resources as larger businesses.

Data from the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has revealed 62 per cent of small to medium businesses in Australia have experienced a cyber security breach.

The most common threat is phishing emails that try to trick employees into clicking a link or transferring money.

Cyber criminals also try to hack small business systems to get to their private data, financials and intellectual property.

Small businesses with under 10 employees don’t usually have full IT support which puts them at greater risk if they are targeted by cyber criminals.

Between 2021 and 2022, the average cost of cyber-crime had grown to $39,000 for small businesses in Australia.

Now with Norton Small Business it can help these small businesses prepare themselves and protect their critical data to minimise any risk of financial loss.

“Owning a very small business often means each member of the team wears different hats, and usually cybersecurity expert isn’t one of them,” said Massimo Rapparini, General Manager & Head of Small Business Safety at Gen.

“Unfortunately, cybercriminals are aware of this and often target such businesses – more than half (57 per cent) of small businesses experienced a security, data breach or both in 2022.

“For entrepreneurs and small businesses, falling for just one phishing email can have a devastating impact.”

It’s the same story for entrepreneurs who often start their own business and invest significant time, money and energy to build that business.

But they also face the same risks as established small businesses and would suffer the same financially devastating effects if a cyber-attack were to be successful.

Norton Small Business provides an all-in-one solution for 24/7 cyber security protection.

Here are the included features:

– Secure Browser, Password Manager and VPN (virtual private network) to help secure day-to-day online activities

– Automated PC cleaning and optimisation to keep healthier PCs for longer

– Secure Cloud Backup for PCs to help reduce the risk of loss of business data

– Software and driver updaters to help keep software up to date, so there are fewer vulnerabilities for cybercriminals to exploit

– IT coverage and maintenance for up to 20 devices

– A 100% Virus Protection Promise

“We’ve built our small business products and services with the same approach in mind as we do with our consumer portfolio, so entrepreneurs don’t need to worry about becoming cybersecurity experts,” said Rapparini.

“Norton is here to make cybersecurity accessible and easy so they can focus on building thriving businesses.”

Norton recommends these Top 10 tips to protect your small business:

– Learn to spot signs of phishing and teach your employees

– Only click links or download attachments from known sources

– Avoid sharing personal information or private company data over email

– Always keep your operating system, applications and drivers up to date

– Make sure your wi-fi network is protected with a strong password

– Regularly back up your data

– Require employees to use a VPN when doing company work on a public WiFi network (think airports and coffee shops)

– Always use multi-factor-authentication for an extra layer of protection

– Don’t neglect mobile devices – make sure they are password protected and use security software

– Invest in a cybersecurity solution such as Norton Small Business

Norton Small Business is available now with prices starting at $89.99 for the first year with options for 6, 10 or 20-device plans.