With the collaboration of the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) and the non-profit organisation Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), small businesses in Australia will be able to access a variety of tools and services that can help them stay safe online
A free cybersecurity toolkit for small businesses in Australia has been created by the two cyber security entities.
The toolkit is a customised version of the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business, an online resource that provides free and effective tools and resources that Australian organisations can use to reduce cyber risks.
A3C Interim Chief Executive Officer, Paula Oliver, said “the Australian version of the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business was jointly developed to ensure it aligns with the security messaging for small businesses put out by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC)”.
The toolkit is the first significant achievement of the partnership. Ms Oliver stated that the two organisations would continue to look into other opportunities.
“GCA have similar aims to A3C, so we want to extend the good work they do in Europe and the US to Australia. We will be a conduit for some of the work they do.” she said
One potential collaboration is via Quad9. This is a collaboration between GCA and IBM.
“Quad9 is completely free and protects internet users from accessing known malicious websites. We are starting to investigate whether we integrate that into the free city WiFi in Adelaide [where A3C is based] and cities around Australia.” said Ms Oliver
In 2018 Quad9 was introduced across the New York City public WiFi network
GCA Global Partnership Officer, Terry Wilson, said addressing cybersecurity is not something that can be addressed in isolation. Partnering with likeminded organisations such as A3C is important if we are to stem the increasing tide of ransomware and cyber criminality.
“GCA is proud to work with A3C to better protect Australian small businesses and looks forward to further collaboration,” said Wilson
South Australian Deputy Premier and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Susan Close, said the partnership highlights A3C’s commitment to collaboration and how the centre is able to use their collective knowledge to help Australian businesses.
“By bringing together industry experts, A3C is helping to build cyber awareness, capability and resilience for Australian small businesses,” Minister Close said.
“The A3C is able to use their collective knowledge and expertise to make cyberspace a better and safer place for people to do business.
“With a strong network of national and international cyber partnerships, the A3C is the only cyber centre in Australia that provides an opportunity for the education, industry and business sectors to come together.”
GCAs Toolkit guides small businesses through six steps (or toolboxes) that include free tools, videos and recommendations. offers access to seven mini-courses for free and a forum to help with implementation.
About Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C)
The Australian Cyber Collaboration (A3C) is a not-for-profit membership organisation founded in 2020. It has received $10m funding from South Australia’s Office for Cyber Security in collaboration with the Federal Government of South Australia, industry partners such as Telstra and BAE Systems Australia, and academic institutions like UniSA, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide. Sponsor is the Commonwealth Bank.
About Global Cyber Alliance (GCA)
The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), a non-profit organisation, is dedicated to making the Internet safer by reducing cyber risk. GCA develops programs, tools, partnerships, and partnerships that ensure a reliable Internet, as well as enabling economic and social progress for all. GCA is an American 501(c),(3) and a UK and Belgian non-profit.
The Centre for Internet Security, the City of London Police and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office founded it in 2015. GCA is supported by more than 160 partners, which span all industries and are located in 98 different countries.