Top 10 Security Risks Every Australian Business Should Know

Top 10 Security Risks Every Australian Business Should Be Aware Of

In today’s ever-evolving business landscape, ensuring the safety and security of your assets, employees, and premises is paramount. As industry experts in the security space, VIBRANT is committed to helping Australian businesses understand and mitigate the most pressing security risks they face. Here are the top 10 security risks every Australian business should know about:

1. Burglary and Theft:

According to recent statistics, burglary and theft remain significant concerns for businesses across Australia.

Home invasions and burglaries have long been a pressing issue in Australia, with the country consistently ranking among the top ten globally for burglary rates. However, there has been a marked decline in these crimes over the last twenty years. In 2021, approximately 7% of Australian households experienced break-ins, with the Northern Territory recording the highest rate of such incidents. Surprisingly, households across all income brackets, from the lowest to the highest quintiles, face similar risks of burglary. (Source:

Implementing robust access control measures, such as security alarms and surveillance cameras, can deter intruders and minimize the risk of theft.

2. Vandalism and Property Damage:

Acts of vandalism, including graffiti and property damage, can have a detrimental impact on businesses, leading to costly repairs and disruptions to operations.

During the first quarter of 2022, New South Wales witnessed a significant decline in property crimes, with a remarkable 24% decrease compared to the corresponding period two years ago. This notable reduction was primarily driven by significant drops in break and enter incidents targeting dwellings (down 27%), non-dwelling break-ins (down 23%), and theft from retail stores (down 24%). (Source:

Investing in physical security measures such as perimeter fencing, security lighting, and security patrols can help prevent vandalism and protect your property.

3. Workplace Violence:

Workplace violence poses a serious threat to employee safety and wellbeing. Recent studies indicate that incidents of workplace violence are on the rise, with disgruntled employees, customers, or external individuals posing potential risks.

In the last decade, Australian workplaces have tragically witnessed over 1,850 fatalities due to traumatic injuries. Additionally, more than 1,140,000 workers have filed serious workers’ compensation claims, resulting in the loss of more than one week of working time. These statistics highlight the significance of prioritizing workplace safety and health to safeguard the wellbeing of employees. (Source:

Implementing comprehensive workplace violence prevention policies, providing employee training, and fostering a culture of respect and communication are essential steps in mitigating this risk.

4. Employee Theft and Fraud:

Employee theft and fraud can result in significant financial losses for businesses of all sizes. Recent research suggests that employee theft accounts for a considerable portion of inventory shrinkage and financial fraud cases.

Employee theft poses an increasing challenge for Australian businesses, with a striking 95% reporting issues related to it. Among the departments affected by occupational fraud cases, operations, accounting, upper management, and sales top the list. Alarmingly, a significant 75% of employees have confessed to stealing from their employers on at least one occasion. (Source:

Implementing stringent internal controls, conducting regular audits, and promoting ethical conduct can help deter employee theft and fraud.

5. Cybersecurity Breaches:

With the increasing reliance on digital technologies, cybersecurity breaches have become a prevalent threat to businesses.

Cybersecurity continues to present a pressing challenge for Australian businesses, as cyber-attacks escalate in frequency and sophistication. The Australian Cyber Security Centre’s 2022-2023 report underscores the ongoing threat from both state and non-state actors, underscoring the imperative for implementing strong cyber defenses and resilience strategies. (Source:

Recent data breaches and cyber-attacks have highlighted the importance of safeguarding sensitive information, including customer data and intellectual property.

Implementing robust cybersecurity measures, such as firewalls, encryption, and employee training, is essential to protect against cyber threats.

6. Unauthorised Access:

Unauthorised access to restricted areas poses a significant security risk for businesses, particularly those with sensitive information or valuable assets.

Recent incidents of unauthorised access highlight the importance of implementing access control measures, such as electronic keycards, biometric authentication, and security personnel, to prevent unauthorised entry and protect sensitive areas.

According to the ACSC 2022-2023 Report, cybercrime has surged by 23% over the past year, accompanied by a 14% rise in the financial toll of cyber incidents on businesses. This uptrend is especially notable among medium-sized businesses, which typically bear the brunt of the financial repercussions stemming from cyber incidents. (Source:

7. Social Engineering Attacks:

Social engineering attacks, including phishing, pretexting, and social manipulation, continue to pose a significant threat to businesses.

Recent studies indicate that social engineering attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, targeting employees through email, phone calls, and social media. In 2022, 12.4% of Australian businesses disclosed suffering financial losses attributable to social engineering attacks. With a staggering 166,047 reported incidents and a total loss amounting to $425 million, the prevalence of whaling and spear phishing underscores the substantial threat posed by social engineering to businesses’ security. (Source:

Educating employees about the tactics used in social engineering attacks and implementing robust authentication procedures can help mitigate this risk.

8. Supply Chain Vulnerabilities:

Businesses are increasingly reliant on complex supply chains to procure goods and services. Recent disruptions to global supply chains have highlighted the importance of identifying and mitigating supply chain vulnerabilities.

Australian supply chains have demonstrated resilience amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, unexpected trade restrictions, and natural disasters. However, these events have underscored potential vulnerabilities that necessitate attention to ensure long-term sustainability. (Source: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/

Conducting risk assessments, establishing alternative suppliers, and implementing supply chain resilience strategies can help mitigate the impact of supply chain disruptions on business operations.

9. Natural Disasters and Emergencies:

Natural disasters, such as bushfires, floods, and storms, can have a devastating impact on businesses and communities.

Recent events have underscored the importance of disaster preparedness and emergency response planning. In 2022, approximately 70% of Australians resided in local government areas affected by natural disasters, resulting in insured losses of nearly $7 billion—a record high. The Australian Government’s Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements disbursed $3.1 billion between 2018-19 and 2021-22, with projections suggesting this figure could double over the next three years. (Source:

Developing comprehensive emergency response plans, conducting regular drills, and investing in disaster recovery measures can help businesses mitigate the impact of natural disasters and emergencies.

10. Regulatory Compliance:

Ensuring compliance with relevant security regulations and standards is essential for businesses operating in Australia.

Recent updates to data protection laws and industry regulations highlight the importance of maintaining compliance and implementing robust security measures. The State of Compliance Survey in 2022 indicates a shift among Australian businesses towards a more strategic approach to compliance, moving beyond checkbox exercises. Cyber resilience has emerged as a critical concern, driven by the rise in cyber-attacks, prompting businesses to prioritize cybersecurity within their compliance initiatives. (Source:

Regular audits, training programs, and staying informed about regulatory changes are essential for maintaining compliance and mitigating legal risks.


In conclusion, understanding and mitigating security risks is essential for safeguarding the success and resilience of Australian businesses.

By proactively addressing these security risks and implementing robust physical security measures, businesses can protect their assets, employees, and reputation in an increasingly complex security landscape.

At VIBRANT, we are committed to partnering with businesses to provide tailored security solutions that address their unique needs and mitigate security risks effectively.

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