Protecting your business online

Improving your business’ digital security is easy – it’s not complicated or expensive to take basic steps to protect your business' and your customers' sensitive information online. Get started by downloading a copy of the Connect Smart for Business: SME Toolkit.


According to recent research by Vodafone, small businesses are the target of 30% of online attacks. Having your business information compromised is more than an inconvenience.  It can have financial consequences for you and your valued customers, as well as an impact on your business’ reputation.

The scale and nature of many SMEs means that often they do not have the internal IT capability or the resources to engage specialists.  But some simple security practices can make a big difference. 

To make it easy for you to review your business’ cyber security practices, we have developed the Connect Smart for Business: SME Toolkit, a simple, user-friendly guide that you can download for free.

The toolkit features a Cyber Security Warrant of Fitness – a simple checklist of the basic measures businesses need to have in place to protect their business, staff and customers online, and provides some tools and templates that can be adapted to suit individual business circumstances. 

Cyber Security Warrant of Fitness – four steps to better online security

Just like operating a motor vehicle, it is important to give your business periodic cyber safety inspections so that you have the right foundations in place and can feel confident that you’re protecting your business, staff and customers online. Below is a simple four step Cyber Security WOF to achieving better online security:

  1. Assess the cyber security of your business
  2. Develop a cyber security policy for your business
  3. Establish an incident management plan
  4. Regularly review and update your network security systems

With thanks to our SME panel of cyber security experts

A panel of experts was consulted in developing the Connect Smart for Business: SME Toolkit. We would like to thank:

  • Colin James - Head of Information Security, Vodafone
  • Richard Bateman - Head of Product – Enterprise, Vodafone
  • Dr Ryan Ko - Head of the Cyber Security Lab (CROW) and Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Waikato University
  • Peter Plowman - Senior Manager Fraud Risk, ANZ
  • Stephen Summers – Economist, Business New Zealand