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In this month's Commissioner's Column, Sue Woodward AM discusses the common cyber security challenges and shares some practical steps that charities can take to shore up their defences.

The ACNC has announced it will focus on the misuse of complex corporate structures and the way charities manage cyber security challenges.

The ACNC is encouraging anyone who is currently completing or intending to complete one of our online short courses to finish it and download their certificates by August 10

Cyber incidents can be costly and lead to the loss of sensitive information, service disruptions and reputational damage. Check out free resources from the Australian Signals Directorate, including steps to help charities improve their cyber security defences.

Our updated guidance defines cyber security, outlines your charity's legal obligations, and explains how to manage the risks of cyber attacks. There are also additional resources, including a template plan for responding to a breach and a information asset register template