Are Your Supplier Payments at Risk? Protecting Your Business from Cyberattacks


This month's newsletter brings a stark reminder of the ever-present threat of cybercrime, even for large organisations with robust IT infrastructure. A recent Victorian government audit revealed hackers infiltrated a central database and altered supplier bank details on four separate occasions over a year and a half.

This incident highlights a critical vulnerability for businesses of all sizes: supplier fraud. When cybercriminals gain access to vendor master files, they can redirect payments intended for legitimate suppliers to their own accounts.

How Can You Protect Your Business?

The Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) recommends data analytics as a powerful tool to proactively identify and mitigate fraud risks.

Here's how data analytics can safeguard your business:

  • Identify suspicious activity: Advanced analytics can detect anomalies in supplier data, such as unexpected changes to bank details or invoice patterns.
  • Verify supplier legitimacy: Data analysis can cross-check supplier information against external databases to ensure accuracy and identify potential fraud attempts.
  • Reduce human error: Automating data analysis tasks minimizes the risk of errors that could leave your business vulnerable.

Taking Action

Don't wait for a cyberattack to happen before taking action. Here are some steps you can take to protect your business today:

  • Implement data analytics solutions: There are a range of data analytics solutions available to suit the size and needs of your business.
  • Review your vendor onboarding process: Ensure supplier details are thoroughly vetted before entering your system.
  • Maintain strong password protocols: Enforce strong password policies and educate employees on cybersecurity best practices.

MSSP: Your Partner in Cybersecurity

As a leading Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), we offer a comprehensive suite of solutions to combat cyber threats and protect your business.

Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your specific needs and develop a customized cybersecurity plan.

Don't become a victim of cybercrime. Be proactive in protecting your business