Your intellectual property (IP) is a valuable business asset, and can be managed in the IPONZ online system. Like any other asset, you have a role in keeping it safe.
1. Use unique passwords – and keep them to yourself
IPONZ accounts are created through the RealMe service. Your RealMe is a secure login, but it’s up to you to keep it that way.
Many of us use the same password for multiple accounts, because that makes it easy for us to remember. But that also means that if an attacker gets hold of this password, they’ll be able to access any accounts that use it. To save yourself this concern, use a unique password for your RealMe login.
The safest password is the one that only you know. IPONZ will never ask you to provide password information, and you shouldn’t give your password away to anyone.
2. Keep your IP in your hands
Regularly review and update your organisation name and contact information so that your IP is listed under the correct owner.
Check that the staff in your organisation have the right level of access for their roles. You can also maintain user accounts to remove access from staff who have left your organisation.
3. Be aware of how third parties may use public information
Security attacks are not just limited to hacking and cyber-intrusion. Third parties may use public register information to contact you. Watch out for phishing attempts and misleading invoices, which have affected other IP owners in the past.
If in doubt, you can check the IPONZ website for the correct register and fee information. You can also contact us if something doesn’t look right.
For more great tips and information on Cyber Smart week, please visit the CERT NZ website.