Various cyber-based crimes have become their own form of epidemic globally as more businesses adopt digital technology into their operations and consumer interactions.
According to PurpleSec, cybercrimes have turned up 600% because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition, Cybersecurity Ventures suggests that sixty percent (60%) of businesses targeted by a cyber attack go out of business within six months.
The number of cybercrimes on small and medium-sized businesses is a sign that they must prioritize adopting digital controls to facilitate constant supervision and compliance monitoring to prevent data breaches and cyber-attacks.
To address the issue, the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA), along with the Caravan Parks Association of Queensland (CPAQ) and Northern Territory Caravan Parks Association, encourages Australian businesses to participate in the Priority Allocation Process to protect brands and online domains or websites.
Anyone or any business with an Australian presence online can register a new category of a domain name, known as “.au direct,” showing that website as the original domain for the company.
If the business already holds a domain name with a different “.au namespace” like “.com.au,” “.org.au,” “net.au,” or any other domain name, they can apply for Priority Status to register its exact match in “.au” up until September 20, 2022.
Australian businesses that have not registered their domain name may put their websites in danger since anyone from the general public can register it themselves. It opens the door for cybercriminals to use an unregistered domain name and pose as that company, which will mislead consumers.
Many caravan industry associations in Australia are encouraging many businesses with an online presence in the country to register their domain names as soon as possible.
To learn more about the Priority Application Process, visit https://www.auda.org.au/au-domain-names/au-direct/priority-allocation-process.