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#childsafety | What It’s Like to Relocate and Reopen Your Small Business Amid a Pandemic | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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Scammers Preying On COVID-19 Fears Becoming More Sophisticated, Better Business Bureau Warns – CBS Chicago | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19

CHICAGO (CBS) — Scammers preying on the public’s fears about COVID-19 are becoming more sophisticated, the Better Business Bureau warns in a new study. In the study,  (BBB) found scammers […] View full post on National Cyber Security

Enjoy greater savings with the new Corporate Rebate Scheme rolled out by FairPrice for Business, Business News & Top Stories | #corporatesecurity | #businesssecurity | #

It has been a long wait to get the wheels of the economy rolling again, but the good news is that more businesses are getting ready to open now that Singapore has eased into Phase 2 of the post-circuit breaker measures.

This means that now is as good a time as any to consider how to keep your pantry and office well stocked with minimal hassle.

It will also mean a lot to your staff when you welcome them back with a care package consisting of healthy snacks and self-care items such as cereal bars and masks.

Start the ball rolling with FairPrice for Business’s new Corporate Rebate Scheme, which offers rebates for monthly online orders.

Spend more, save more

If you are new to the service, get started in just three steps: register for a Business User account, build your cart and choose a delivery slot, select a payment method — and you’re done!

Simple and fuss-free, the Corporate Rebate Scheme works by offering a $20 promo code when you spend between $500 and $1,000 (including GST) in a month.

The code will be sent to you in the month following your purchase and has a one month validity. Each business account is entitled to one such rebate per month only.

The higher the amount spent, the better the rebate. The value of the promo code is $50 if you spend $1,000 or more monthly. 

Great service

Attractive rebates and cost savings aside, FairPrice for Business offers a seamless and convenient process so your day-to-day operations can run smoothly.

In fact, one of the largest cyber security companies in Asia with more than 300 employees can attest to its top-notch service.

Cyber security businesses often require their staff to put in long and unpredictable hours and deal with shift work. This is why the company makes it a point to ensure its pantry is never without convenient food items such as cup noodles and made-to-order food packs.

Since switching to FairPrice for Business as its solutions provider early last year, the company has been able to expand its variety of food and beverage options, including a healthier range of snacks.

It orders snacks, packet drinks, cup noodles and instant beverages every month for its staff. It also finds that the non-food items — especially cleaning supplies — offered by FairPrice for Business come in handy.

Says its human resources representative: “FairPrice for Business has been a trustworthy supplier with good price points, easy payment terms, and fast and efficient deliveries. We like that its website has improved significantly since its last update too.”

Besides being satisfied with the corporate discounts and quick delivery, the company is also impressed with the efficient support staff at FairPrice for Business.

“Kudos to business development manager Willie Tan who has been very friendly, helpful, and quick to respond to our questions and needs. We don’t need to be directed to different departments to get various things sorted out anymore because he understands our needs and takes the initiative to settle everything for us. It’s also convenient to communicate with just one person to get things done,” adds the representative.

Under one roof 

FairPrice for Business is more than a convenient online platform for businesses to place corporate orders on a variety of food and beverages, including fresh and preserved fruits for the office pantry and events.

It also offers other essentials such as cleaning detergents, disposable utensils and tissue packs, basic first aid items, and office stationery.

A wide assortment of healthcare items that are essential to the current health climate such as masks, hand sanitisers, anti-bacterial wipes and health supplements like vitamins, are available too.

Bulk orders from businesses or individuals are serviced by a dedicated business care team proficient in assisting with every specific request and budget. This gives users extra assurance. 

The team also possesses in-depth knowledge about the budgetary constraints of social service agencies, so companies can be assured to receive assistance on choosing suitable products within their budgets for the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) event. 

Visit FairPrice for Business for more information or e-mail fpb2b@fairprice.com.sg for quotations and enquiries.

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#deepweb | Online communication tools keep business dialogues going for travel players

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Web-conferencing and instant messaging tools are seeing greater usage among travel and tourism trade players who are determined to keep business dialogue alive as the appeal of face-to-face meetings diminish against a backdrop of Covid-19 infection fears.

Sheryl Lim, founder of Singapore-based travel agency Travel Wander, found herself turning to online presentations to keep her regular clientele informed on new adventure tours and destinations as well as reach out to potential new customers.

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“Our usual marketing efforts involve conducting product presentations at specific venues but as soon as Covid-19 happened, people started to refrain from going out or meeting other people,” Lim recalled.

“We were in a fix because as a small company, we cannot stop moving and must keep up our marketing efforts. Out of sight, out of mind, as the saying goes, so we must maintain contact with our customers and the marketplace now so that when travel confidence returns, they will consider Travel Wander for their travel planning.”

With print or radio ads priced out of her budget, she turned to web-conferencing tools.

“The travel planning business is a very personal one, where clients prefer meeting face-to-face. But the pandemic has presented us with an unusual situation, and webinars are a good solution that enables us to keep up with sales and marketing communications,” she said.

Travel Wander conducted its first presentation two weeks ago, focusing on the joy of active holidays. The content, delivered through slides and a narration, explained what active holidays were all about, and dispelled myths around such tours. Six people attended it. A week later, a webinar on Sarawak drew 10 people.

Lim has planned a third on Kazakhstan this week, and aims to conduct a weekly session and is working on improving the format to facilitate conversations. The webinars are promoted to regular clients who then spread the word within their social circle.

The product webinars have allowed Lim to determine which destinations were more popular, based on webinar sign-up performance.

For other travel companies that are already utilising web-conferencing, the current pandemic has underscored the value of this mode of communications.

Adam Kamal, general manager of Malaysia’s Suka Travel, said his team is now working remotely from home, relying on WhatsApp video conferencing to address urgent matters, on top of their usual web-conferences with overseas suppliers and outstation agents.

The remote work arrangement was necessary as the government had on Monday evening issued an order to temporarily shutter businesses and restrict movement to fight against Covid-19.

Adam said he introduced and encouraged web-conferencing when he joined the agency last November, and applauded the convenience and cost savings it offers.

“Web-conferencing allows our partners to pull up documents, charts and pictures as they speak. (It also) saves time and costs as we can do meetings virtually. If it were face-to-face meetings, we would have to rent space to hold a seminar and pay for light refreshments,” he said.

Bayu Buana Travel Services Indonesia, which now has 50 per cent of its staff working from home, is encouraging continued reliance on web-conferencing tools to keep dialogues open with airline partners and clients during these trying times.

Agustinus Pake Seko, president director of Bayu Buana Travel Services Indonesia, said his team is familiar with web-conferencing, as there are regular online global meetings with BCD Travel, which the company is part of.

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Laurens: companies are waking up to the benefits of digital transformation amid Covid-19 

Laurens van den Oever, CMO at research firm ForwardKeys, opined that the “one good thing to come out of the coronavirus” is the emphasis on the value of “how to be savvier with our digital offerings, such as travel alerts, impact reports and newsletters”.

“In every business, you need to invest in the necessary tools and equipment for your team. Different time zones, cultural barriers, epidemics and pandemics should not impede the running of your business nor throw you into the Dark Ages,” Oever said.

The ForwardKeys team relies on a suite of communication services, such as Zoom, Slack, WhatsApp and webinars/web information sessions for internal interaction, and Zoom mostly by its analysts to connect with external clients.

“These have helped us a lot (in maintaining business communications, especially now) with all the travel limitations and tradeshow cancellations due to the (outbreak),” he added. – Additional reporting by S Puvaneswary and Mimi Hudoyo

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#school | #ransomware | Oregon Business – Data Risk

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Small businesses face a heavy risk when it comes to cyber security. The best defense relies on an active, educated employer.


On March 9, 2018, the Oregon Clinic discovered an unidentified party had accessed an email account. The data breach gave attackers access to names, birth dates, medical information, and in some cases, the social security numbers of patients and staff. 

The clinic was able to recover from the attack, and went on to offer patients impacted by the breach one full year of identity monitoring services. 

But other businesses which have been subjected to cyberattacks face more dire consequences.



According to a recent study by insurance carrier Hiscox, the average cost to a business when it is subjected to a cyberattack is around $200,000. 

Small businesses suffer most from these costly attacks. Due to the massive price tag associated with an infringement, 60% of small businesses go out of business within six months of being victimized, according to the National Center for the Middle Market. 

Attackers target small businesses for a variety of reasons. Some try to gain access to employee and client information, such as email accounts, bank numbers and social security numbers. Hackers also install ransomware, which, as the name implies, will hold a network hostage until the business owner pays a fee to be released. 



Hackers also target servers to create a “zombie” network, which uses a business server as a launching pad to conduct other attacks to avoid detection. 

Other attackers, especially ones from foreign governments, take over a network to mine for bitcoins. 

Close to 50% of all cyber attacks are perpetrated against small businesses, which hackers often perceive as low-hanging fruit. According to a report compiled by Verizon, nearly half of small businesses reported a data breach in the past two years. 



Despite the likelihood of an attack, and the relative risk involved, less than half of small business owners reported spending money on cyber security last year. 

This is in part because maintaining a good cybersecurity defense is costly. Unlike virus protection, a business cannot simply install a defensive program against cyberattacks and remain safe.

“The demand for these cybersecurity professionals is so high that the price they command for their services is also very high,” says Dr. Wayne Machuca, lead instructor for Mt. Hood Community College’s cybersecurity program. “This precludes small and medium-sized businesses from being able to afford and adequately staff around their cybersecurity needs.” 



There are 4,600 cybersecurity job openings in Oregon, according to cybersecurity employment website CyberSeek. Despite Oregon’s reputation as a state with a heavy tech sector, there are twice the number of cybersecurity job openings as there are qualified professionals to fill them. 

Ruth Swain is the interim director of the Small Business Development Center at Mt. Hood Community College, which helps small businesses protect themselves against cyber threats through the Oregon Center for Cybersecurity. 

With Machuca’s help, the center has developed a program which allows students in their last year of school to provide training and cybersecurity expertise to small businesses owners and their employees free of charge. 

“We worked with the interns and instructors here to come up with a cybersecurity prevention checklist for small businesses,” says Swain. “The advising is free, so we are encouraging businesses to sign up.”

The program was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation, and Machuca says they have used the grant money to replicate the program along with its sister colleges.  “It’s really exciting stuff,” he says. 



Skip Newberry, president and CEO of the Technology Association of Oregon and executive sponsor of Cyber Oregon, an organization dedicated to delivering the latest cybersecurity information and best practices to businesses, says businesses which cannot afford a cybersecurity professional on staff should train employees to recognize cyberattacks. 

“The first and best defense is adequate training for employees,” he says. “In this day and age, anyone who uses technology should be trained in how to spot phishing and spear phishing attempts, and best practices for managing passwords, which is how the vast majority of cyber breaches occur within small businesses.”

Much of the training is preventative, but if an attack has occurred, the most important thing for a business is not to keep silent. 


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#deepweb | Quantzig Explains Why Fortune 500 Companies Are Using Web Crawling to Transform Critical Business Functions

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 12, 2020–

Quantzig, a global data analytics and advisory firm, that delivers actionable analytics solutions to resolve complex business problems revamps its web analytics solutions portfolio and expands its web analytics capabilities beyond web scraping and web monitoring.

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Today leading companies across industries are focusing their resources on mining different types of data to make well-informed decisions. But most are unaware of the fact that a huge trove of data is readily available on the web. A detailed analysis of these data sets can help businesses to extract actionable insights that aid decision-making.

If you are looking for ways to extract actionable insights from websites through automation, a web crawling service is the best method to go about it.Request a FREE proposalto gain comprehensive insights.

Quantzig’s web analytics solutions leverage cutting web crawling techniques technologies and revolutionary analytics methodologies that inform your marketing decisions by collecting, measuring, and visualizing customer activity on web portals. Using insights gained from web crawling, you can build, optimize, and deliver experiences that are engaging, relevant, and personalized.

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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | How Veterans Affairs CISO Approaches Risk, Recruiting Talent and Proving Cyber’s Business Value

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Paul Cunningham sees some similarities between his first stint in government service—flying helicopters  as a lieutenant commander for the U.S. Navy—and his current role as chief information security officer at the Veterans Affairs Department.

“Risk management—from the aviation and cybersecurity perspectives—are pretty important,” Cunningham told Nextgov, speaking from his office at VA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. “You want to drive down risk to as close to zero as you can.”

At an enterprise as large as VA, eliminating risk entirely is impossible because it’s simply too big. VA currently employs some 404,000 people across 170 hospitals, 1,200 clinics and 130 cemeteries across more than 25,000 acres of property. VA manages the largest medical network in the country—providing care to approximately 10 million veterans annually—and each year processes about $120 billion in financial transactions. VA’s Office of Information Technology alone is comprised of several thousand federal IT professionals, managing programs and overseeing networks across the country.

“If we were a private-sector company, we’d be in the Fortune 10 or Fortune 5, on par with companies like that,” Cunningham said. “We’ve got to start thinking like a business in those kinds of numbers alone. We want to show cyber has a business value.”

That’s where risk management comes into play. In government, you want to spend the money you’re budgeted, and a common sense approach to risk management helps a CISO determine where best to obligate funding.

“If we have one more dollar to spend, do we spend it on training employees on phishing scams or invest it in our firewall?” Cunningham said. In IT security decision-making, Cunningham said you first acknowledge risk and either accept it at face value, attempt to mitigate that risk or add value to the accepted risk. Decisions on whether to implement new technologies like artificial intelligence or internet-of-things medical devices, are weighed against other factors, such as total cost of ownership, security risks and potential returns on investment.

Cunningham became VA’s CISO in January 2019, having served in the same capacity at the Energy Department for 7 years and more than a year as a branch director for the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. The stakes at VA are high, he said, because millions of veterans depend on the agency for health care, support, small business loans, education services, disability benefits and other services. Cunningham, a veteran himself—along with approximately 60% of VA OIT’s staff—said veterans sacrificed a lot to earth those rights and services, and their experience receiving those services should be as seamless as possible.

Yet delivering quality, timely services to veterans requires a bit of a balancing act. VA, like all agencies, has to comply with numerous federal laws, regulations—and as of late—an increasing number of binding operational directives from the Homeland Security Department. Cunningham called DHS “first among many” in terms of cybersecurity partner agencies across civilian government. It’s at this three-way intersection of compliance, cybersecurity and customer experience where Cunningham really earns his paychecks.

“When I look at it, it’s the balance of how quick we can serve veterans and reduce their burden, but what are the things we have to do to meet our federal requirements and what makes sound sense,” Cunningham said. “We still do compliance chasing, but we’re putting measures and metrics on priorities. Our job is to service the veterans. If we’re not looking at that first, then we’re probably missing the mark.”

For all the talk of silos in government, VA’s executives work closely with each other and meet often. In matters of IT and cybersecurity, the CIO and deputy CIO steer the rudders, while C-suite executives meet at least weekly to address governance matters on issues like architecture, finance, requirements and acquisition. The governance board meetings also serve as a time to get buy-in on potential solutions, and for executives to address big-mission items.

The biggest right now is VA’s transition to a new electronic health records system designed to be interoperable with the Pentagon’s electronic health records system. The multibillion-dollar Cerner Millennium platform, originally scheduled for a March launch, was delayed last month to July after clinicians asked to be trained on a full version of the system.

Cunningham said VA wants to learn from the challenges the Defense Department experienced rolling out their health records system “to help us slingshot” to their own successful rollout. While executives from both agencies are partnering together to ensure interoperability between both systems, Cunningham said the partnership will extend into the digital realm, sharing threat indicators and having the “full force of DOD protecting our network as well.”

On the horizon, Cunningham foresees the government’s tech workforce challenge as a major obstacle. Technology, he said, “is moving faster than the budget cycle can support,” and it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit tech talent to the government ranks. Data from the Office of Personnel Management suggests VA is among the most challenged agencies when it comes to recruiting young tech talent. There may be no singular solution to this challenge, but Cunningham said increased partnership with the private sector—creating a sort of revolving door where techies move in and out of government with relative ease—may improve the government’s outlook.

“We’ve got to look at where we can partner with the private sector, for them to train people who can feed our machine and our people can feed back out in a more porous manner, so people don’t feel like they’re taking a big hit,” Cunningham said, noting the salary discrepancy between private and public sectors. “If you’re young and want hands-on experience, getting in the federal space is one way to do it.”

Cunningham also stressed the importance of role-based cyber training. Every employee, Cunningham said, has to be trained to be cyber and privacy warriors, but a standard one-size-fits-all cyber training isn’t enough. Employees require training relevant to their specific duties, and VA organizes a variety of summits and campaigns to “keep it at the forefront.”

“We’re trying to teach them habits that empower them without distracting from their jobs,” Cunningham said.

For aspiring CISOs, Cunningham recommends rounding out those resumes. A variety of career experiences is typically better suited for a CISO role than someone who has been in a singular role, Cunningham said. Further, while technical chops are great, they are not necessarily required for a policy-heavy role.

“For someone who wants to be a CISO, go read a job description and see what you can’t answer well, and then move your career to fill in those voids,” Cunningham said. 

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