The awards and celebrations continued this month with Balmoral SHS hosting their annual Awards evening. Pictured is Yr 11 student Zeyang Wang who received awards for International Student of the Year and The Caltex Best Allrounder from President, Rebecca Llewelyn.
This month at Breakfast at Sunrise, Terri Cooper announced that the Brisbane City Council are the Naming Right's Sponsor for Paula Brand's Small Business Expo.
Off the back of last month's inaugural recognition of Micro-businesses at the Lord Mayor's Business Awards, it is great to see the support from council for micro and small businesses continue. We'd like to congratulate Paula Brand on her success and recognise her for her tireless efforts to support small and micro businesses.
Learnings from November's Breakfast at Sunrise
This month, Christopher Biggs of Accelerando Consulting, presented to us about the very real privacy breaches that are happening right now in the world of the Internet of Things.
From smart TVs being cheaper to produce that non-smart TVs because of all the data they leak, to private security cameras that are easily usurped by anyone who can work out the serial code, your personal data and privacy have truly become the final frontier.
Fortunately, if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people who are now leveraging technology to reduce you manual tasks (hello Alexa), there are some practical steps you can take to reduce your exposure (pun intended!)
* Value your data and privacy. Know that if you're not paying for the service, YOU'RE the 'goods'.
* Retain local control and reduce your external connections. Route your Internet of Things through a single point (like Alexa) rather than having multiple single connections to external servers.
* Turn off voice operation. Alexa is not actually listening for the word ALEXA. It's listening for sounds similar to AL - X - A, which means that it can quite easily wake up without you meaning to. Chris spoke of how one couple's domestic argument was broadcast to a friend of theirs because their voice operation was unintentionally activated in the course of their "discussion".
* Sandbox high-risk devices (like your smart TV and security cameras).
Supporting Our Local Community by Supporting Local Business
The South-East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce is proud to support community initiatives which support our local businesses and our local community. We are very excited about a new partnership which we will be announcing at our December breakfast. This partnership will provide our local young talent with direct links to local business for work experience opportunities. Stay tuned!
CONGRATULATIONS BALMORAL STATE HIGH SCHOOL
I'd like to take a moment to congratulate Linda Galloway, Principal of Balmoral SHS and her team for a wonder awards event.
I was honoured to have been asked to present awards on the night and it was a pleasure to meet such incredible young people.
The Chamber looks forward to providing additional ways we can build strong communities through providing local opportunities for our local young talent.
RESULTS OF AGM HELD AT OCTOBER'S BREAKFAST AT SUNRISE - 1ST OCTOBER, 2019
Congratulations to the 2019/2020 Committee. It's wonderful to see so many of our committee members stand for another term and we are delighted to welcome new committee member Joanne Hastead to the team.
* President - Rebecca Llewelyn
* Secretary - Des Bowler
* Treasurer - Jennifer Glisson
* Committee Member - Phil Searle
* Committee Member - Shane Cowan
* Committee Member - Craig McCallum
* Committee Member - Ray Strong
* Committee Member - Joanne Hastead
BUSINESS EMAIL COMPROMISE ON THE RISE
According to the ACCC, hackers targeting business emails is on the rise. That’s following a 53% jump in scam losses reported by businesses in 2018.
These email scams involve someone hacking business email systems and impersonating a person due to receive money, whether that is your business, a supplier, or a customer. The scammers ‘advise’ changes to bank account details so you or your customer make the payment to the scammer instead of the intended recipient.
These scammers don’t discriminate on size either. Businesses of all sizes are at risk, and even local sporting clubs and community groups have been targeted.
Unfortunately these scams can be hard to spot. Often the only sign is an email from a supplier or customer advising a change of bank details. As they have hacked the email system, they include the email history regarding the payment, so it appears legitimate.
It is important that you ensure your staff are aware of the scam and question any changes to bank details via a different method of communication. You can also implement a two-factor authentication process to help protect yourself.
You can read about one business’ experience with email hackers:
For more information on how to spot business scams, visit Scamwatch.