Michael McKinnon the security advisor for AVG will teach what online threats exist for retailers and practical tips for protecting your business from cybercrime.

RB: Briefly (in one or two points) explain what you'll be speaking about at the Conference?
MK: I’ll be highlighting the dangers of retailers relying too heavily on their IT suppliers and expecting the highest levels of security. As we have seen recently in the news, this comes with great risk.  

I will also provide some very practical advice to all retailers, from owners to employees, about the simple actions they can be taking to stop the scourge of cybercrime affecting their operations.

RB: Why do you believe this/these topic(s) are important and relevant to retailers?
MK: Retailers have become prime targets for cybercriminals, who continue to seek advantage from situations where the most basic protections are being ignored. Retailers have at stake their own reputations, including the relationship with their bank and customers – so it pays to ensure the most basic of precautions are being met.

RB: Can you provide comment about the current state of the Australian retail sector and ONE tip you'd give to retailers.
MK: Many recent examples of data breaches in the retail industry have been through inadequacies of IT suppliers. It is worth asking suppliers the question, "How are you keeping me secure?" – and furthermore, getting them to demonstrate it. If they can't, it's time to move on.