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By Oonagh Reidy | Tuesday | 12/06/2012

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This week is National Cyber Security Awareness Week, Telstra is warning of the clear and present dangers posed by the Internet and PCs.

Cyber Security Awareness Week is backed by the Australian Government to reinforce the importance of cyber security, as Telstra's Chief Information Security Officer reveals cyber threats hit Oz on a "daily" basis.

"Almost daily there are new cyber threats that arise and threaten Australian businesses. It's critical that we have people in the industry with the necessary IT skills to protect against vulnerabilities," warns Glenn Chisholm.

Cyber attacks include hackings and data breaches which several high profile companies including Telstra, as well as Sony, Twitter and dating wesbite eHarmony have suffered of late.

 Telstra has revealed ten simple tips for online security:

- Install and update your security software; set it to scan regularly.

- Turn on automatic updates on all your software, particularly your operating system and applications.

- Use strong passwords and different passwords for different uses.

- Stop and think before you click on links and attachments.

-  Take care when transacting online - research the supplier and use a safe payment method.

- Only download "apps" from reputable publishers and read all permission requests.

- Regularly check your privacy settings on social networking sites.

- Stop and think before you post any photos or financial information online.

- Talk with your child about staying safe online, including on their smartphone or mobile device.

- Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online, download the Government's Cybersafety Help Button.

Chisholm,  says the challenge is to promote the importance of cyber security, and to showcase information security as a potential career for ICT graduates.

"As Australia becomes more technology driven, it's important that everyone is responsible for protecting themselves online and good online security behaviours start with individuals" Mr Chisholm said.

As part of the Cyber Security Awareness Week, today Telstra presented the first prize to the winners of the inaugural 2012 Cyber Defence University Challenge held in April.

The winning team of four IT undergraduates from the University of New South Wales will attend the Black Hat 2012 conference in LA in July 2012.

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