It’s time to #askoutloud about cyber safety

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) is a proud partner of Safer Internet Day 2017.

ACIC CEO Chris Dawson said the ACIC actively works to disrupt cybercriminals who try to make a profit from everyday Australians.

“Safer Internet Day provides a timely reminder for all Australians to watch out for common online scams—particularly suspicious messages on email, SMS, social media and mobile messaging apps,” said Mr Dawson.

“If you are connected to the internet, you are vulnerable to cybercriminals looking to exploit technology.”

“If you receive a message that seems out of the ordinary, or doesn’t look right, ask out loud and get a second opinion from a friend before responding or opening a link.”

The ACIC contributes insights, awareness and intelligence on cybercrime threats for further investigations by law enforcement partners.

“In addition to our operational work on cybercrime, we are also responsible for the administration of the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network,” said Mr Dawson.

The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) allows the public to easily report instances of cybercrime, and also provides advice to help people recognise and avoid common types of cybercrime.

The community, through reporting cybercrime via ACORN can also contribute to the collaborative effort of combating cybercrime.

You can learn more about how to protect yourself on line by going to the ACORN website ( and the Stay Smart Online Website (

You can also check out the #askoutloud resources, including social media graphics and printable posters.