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Invaluable Reading From Australia and Around The World

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Invaluable Reading From Australia and Around The World

Technology

HSBC and ING complete world’s first trade finance transaction using blockchain

Spandan Sharma

12 Jul 2018

Blockchain technology is so much more than about cryptocurrencies. The fact is, the full potential for blockchain technology to be of value in other industries and functions, is still unknown at this time. For instance, one such use of blockchain technology was in its use in a recent financial transaction.

Spandan Sharma's article provides information on how HSBC Holdings Plc and Dutch bank ING completed a financial transaction for food and agricultural group Cargill and was completed in only 24 hours instead of the usual 5-10 working days.

If you are interested in the development of blockchain technology for purposes beyond cryptocurrencies, this article may be worth reading.

World's largest asset manager says get ready to 'stomach complete losses' in cryptocurrencies

Evelyn Cheng

3 Apr 2018

Evelyn Chen's article presents information on whether cryptocurrencies could be purchased as an investment. Based on the evidence to date, it is suggested currently, cryptocurrencies are best suited to those investors who understand the risks and are prepared to lose their entire investment.

The information suggests on the evidence to date, it is probably not a good investment currently for the average investor.

The article covers a number of risks associated with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology currently which limit the potential of cryptocurrencies ability to offer a degree of security. These risks may be overcome in time has regulators create a regulatory framework and the blockchain technology improves.

Although the information is based on US data and circumstances, the information is still valuable. The date and experience by most investors in other countries are bound to be similar.

If you have thought of investing in cryptocurrencies as an investment, this article may be of value in helping you understand the risks and when the circumstances may make it a suitable investment for you.

28 Days Without a Bunnings Sausage: The Impact of a Cashless Society on People and Business

Dave Deveny

13 Mar 2018

Dave Deveny tried an experiment on living without cash. One of the key aspects of this short term experience was it was conducted by a convert to the digital world.

There were many useful insights on what it means to go without cash in this article. If there was aspect which was not covered properly is the question which Dave does not propose or answer. "How would I survive in the long term without complete access to cash?"

As Dave rightly points out, although he managed satisfactorily for the 28 days, he pointed out there are a number of costs and disadvantages in cashless environment. One of the most striking aspects was to note how many simple pleasures he was denied in his "cashless world".

I suggest this article raises more questions about the negatives of a "cashless world" than perhaps was intended. On that basis, perhaps there is much more to gain from this article than simply accepting the story as told at face level. For instance, at the end of 28 days, Dave could go back his normal world with a mixture of cash and digital access. In the future, we may not be so lucky.

The hacking community is evolving but the security basics still apply for businesses

Jim Cook

9 Jan 2018

Jim Cook's article is a timely reminder of one of the main issues facing all business people and their management teams today, cybercrime. With the increasing use of technology in the business environment, it is an issue that will not go away.

Mr Cook's article provides a snapshot of how hackers learn their trade, how they look for targets and on what you can do the help protect your business.

This article could be of value to those people who wish to know more or are yet to adequately understand the issues involved with cybercrime. As always, you should consult a suitably qualified professional if further assistance is sought.

Wiping sensitive data from connected devices is imperative: considerations for your business

David Higgins

2 Oct 2017

We live and work in a world that is predominately promoting positive attitudes and thinking about the future. In doing so, we sometimes forget about the lessons of the past and the fact that being risk aware, has its place in business. There are many risks associated with using our technology devices, and with technology in general. All too often, in our enthusiasm to use and adept our business practices to the latest technology, the associated risks are minimised.

David Higgins article therefore, is a timely reminder that our technology and the associated devices must be used and maintained carefully. Irrespective of whether you are risk aware or not, I suggest this article maybe worth a read as a reminder of how technology tools need to be maintained in good working order to protect your business.

Internal crime perpetrating through law firms

Emma Ryan

16 Aug 2017

Internal crime is one of the worst types of crimes because it involves the breaking of trust and a betrayal of the people who have provide the employee who commits these crimes, with a job.

Lawyers Weekly and InfoTrack surveyed 216 Australian legal professionals to better understand the perceived impact of internal crime as well as the processes law firms have put in place to protect their business.

Notwithstanding the report involved the legal fraternity, this article is a useful resource for all business owners and their management teams in helping to combat internal crime. If your business has employees, the chances that one of these employees may commit a crime against the business. This potential for such a situation cannot be dismissed lightly, no matter how difficult that thought maybe.

If you have not thought about the issues associated with internal crime or not reviewed your own organisation's procedures lately, this article is worth a read.

German firms lost millions of euros in 'CEO Fraud' scam: BSI

Andrea Shalal

24 Jul 2017

Dedicated and professional account employees are your business's cashflow guardians. The value these dedicated employees and equipped with the right tools and who are committed to the success of your business, cannot be over emphasised. After all, money lost to fraudulent behaviour can rarely be recovered,

Fraudsters and their use of technology are one of the greatest threats against your business today. One of the best tools for any business in combating fraudsters and their use of technology is with dedicated employees. Dedicated employees backed by strong operational disciplines and procedures are best forms of defence from fraudsters.

In this article, we see just how effectively fraudsters have been in targeting businesses in Germany. Make no mistake, this type of fraud is happening to businesses in every country.

If you have not stress-tested the viability and strength of your business's cash protection systems lately, this article may be of value in helping you understand why you need to test your business defences.

Compliance Programs and the Butterfly Effect

Alexandre C. Serpa

3 May 2017

Compliance programs are becoming increasingly important these days when issues such as bribery, cartels, the seeking of favours by gift giving and ethical behaviour are at the forefront of good business behaviour. All businesses are affected, and the size of the business being immaterial. It is the behaviour of business woners, managers and employees which is the critical factor.

Creating a program suitable for your business and employees may not be as simple as you imagine. After all, creating a compliance program is one thing. Ensuring your employees understand how the program works in practice, and then adhere to the program, is another issue.

Alexandre Serpa has prepared this article in an effort to explain some of the issues when setting up a compliance program and in overcoming employee concerns.

You may wish to create an effective compliance program, or want to ensure the program you have operates effectively. In either case, this article may be of value in helping you understand the issues involved.

Millennials and Compliance: Their Perspective

Mark Dorosz

19 Jan 2017

This article focuses on how Millennials may view compliance differently to what we might expect, especially in regards to the use of social media.

It is true they been raised in times different to the older generation and as a result, been exposed to other lifestyles and experiences. As such, they bring another perspective on how and why they use social media.

The issues of compliance in these circumstances, can be challenging. Your business may have to find interventions that can instruct the younger people on what is and what is not acceptable in a manner they can understand.

This article may be useful in helping you begin the journey on how to incorporate their experiences into your compliance training. At the end of the day, you do need your compliance education to be effective.

10 Risk Factors Impacting Cross Border B2B Payments - Post I

Leslie Stroh

26 Oct 2016

It seems nearly every government export department and trade professional are advocating exporting as a way for your business to increase sales and revenue. This may be the case for your business.

One of the core problems you will face if you decide to go down the export path, is risk. Too often the advocates of exporting, highlight the benefits and minimise the risks.

In this brief article by Leslie Stroh, there is a list of 10 risk factors to consider when exporting. You may have to access other sources of information to adequately equip you with an understanding of each factor. However, as a starting point, this article may be worth a read if you are interested in increasing your sales and revenue via exporting.

The Future of Payment Transactions and the Unprepared

Daniel Burrus

16 Sep 2016

Daniel Burrus has written about the increasing use of new payment methodologies in the coming years. He is probably right when he advises digital payment systems are going to be the norm for the future.

There are an immense number of issues which business people need to get their heads around, because as we know in life, nothing is simple. Whilst the use of digital transaction methodologies is attractive in theory, they do have associated risks. Accordingly, it is a wise business person who takes the time to understand the issues before blindly accepting digital payment policies are right for their business.

Daniel Burrus's article may be a good place to start if you are going down the digital payment path to try and ensure you understand all the benefits and pitfalls of modern digital payment methodologies.

High-tech vigil aims to deliver safe bet

Patrick Bartley

18 Jul 2016

Irrespective of whether it is in our personal lives or in business, keeping secrets is increasingly difficult. In this article, Patrick Bartley sheds light on how racing stewards in Victoria are using technology to identify potential illegal behaviour.

The use of technology is increasingly of help for the guardians who are in charge of looking after the wellbeing of our society as they track down the perpetrators of illegal and damaging behaviour.

In business, with increasing use of technology and in particular, Cloud based accounting and business systems, keeping business secrets will be increasingly difficult.

The value in reading this article is that is yet another example on how the power of technology can be used to identify unethical and criminal behaviour which may otherwise remain hidden.

Powerful Psychological Forces That Make Good People Do Bad Things

Dr. Travis Bradberry

28 Jun 2016

What makes good people do bad things? We keep asking ourselves the same question when we see how good people are caught up in bad situations and with the wrong people. There are many different reasons why people do the wrong thing, and often, there are no simple answers.

One of the factors on why good people do the wrong thing can be found in understanding the psychological factors involved.  Dr. Bradberry illustrates 14 of Dr. Kaptein’s most compelling findings on how the mind tricks good people into losing their moral compass and going astray.

In either situation, this article may be one source of assistance in helping you work out what influences good people to do bad things.

Vishing and smishing: The rise of social engineering fraud

Marie Keyworth

7 Feb 2016

Marie Keyworth's introduces the unwary to two more fraudster strategies. People are becoming increasingly aware of phishing which is fraud by email. They may be less aware of newer fraudster strategies of vishing and smishing.

"Vishing" is where criminals persuade victims to hand over personal details or transfer money, over the telephone.

"Smishing" is SMS phishing where text messages are sent trying to encourage people to pay money out or click on suspicious links.

The author illustrates a number of strategies used by fraudsters in regards to these two frauds and how you might deal with a suspect contact.

If you are unsure how to act or what to look for when you receive a suspect contact, this article may be a good place to start your investigations. As advised on all occasions, if in doubt seek professional help.

2015: The rise of impersonators

Debbie Fletcher

4 Sep 2015

Debbie Fletcher presents a number of key issues relating to the bots which are visiting your website. Not all of these bots will be visiting with the right intentions. Unfortunately we live in age when the internet is both our window to the world and a wonderful research facility. However the internet also allows unwelcome visitors to visit our site.

These unwelcome visitors are designed to seek advantages for their own business enterprises. The advantages which are sought include, finding out the weaknesses in your security systems, website designs, seeking to over-ride human operating disciplines and stealing your IP and other work.

Any business which is deemed to be profitable, or rich in ideas and IP, will be targeted. It is not about if, it is about when. It would seem therefore to be sensible to build a website which has been designed by professional website designers who understand and use appropriate security measures. Any alternative over the long-term is a recipe for disaster.

In today's world, if you have a website, it would be wise to understand these issues. If you are interested in knowing more about the visitors to your website, this article may be a good place to start.

 

11 Secrets of a Successful Website

Ron Stark

11 Mar 2015

The eleven secrets which should be considered when building a successful website according to Ron Stark could also be considered in building your own business. People about to start a business, or those wishing to re-evaluate their business, are advised to complete a business plan.

Aspects of all business plans contain similar topics as those covered in Ron's list. The benefit in using this list of topics as part of your review is the language used. Ron uses topic headings which look less threatening to people not familiar with business and accounting terms and the issues of creating a business plan.

Many people enter the business world believing once they have created the business, nothing much changes. Unfortunately for these individuals, yesterday's business model, does not always survive over the long-term. Whilst the original business model might have been successful, that model may no longer be suitable for the current business environment. 

Irrespective of whether you are a newcomer or an experienced business person, evaluating your business from time to time, is part of doing business. If a business plan is perceived to be too big a challenge, perhaps using this list of 11 secrets is another way of undertaking the task. Ron says of websites, "A successful website is one that delivers what you expect of it." Therefore it may be a useful exercise for you to ask yourself periodically "Does my business deliver what I want?"

If your business is not delivering according to your expectations, it would seem to be a wise decision to complete a review using the 11 secrets as a guide or a fresh business plan.

Cloud Accounting Yes or No?

Peta Schimming

9 Jan 2015

Technology offers wonderful applications and tools for use in our business. One of the more interesting concepts is the use of cloud based products.

Peta discusses the possible benefits and negatives of using cloud based accounting systems. However many of the issues raised by Peta apply across all cloud based products and services.

If you are still wondering about using cloud based products, Peta's blog is worth reading as a start.

Here is What the Bank of England Thinks of Bitcoin

Alen Mattich

1 Oct 2014

Bitcoin has been with us for some time now. There are people who are really enthusiastic about its use, whilst others are less than impressed. Lately, there have been a number of articles about Bitcoin, almost as though it is the current flavour of the month.

I will not make a comment on whether Bitcoin is an appropriate payment methodology or not. However I suggest, this article is one source of information for you to update yourself on the current status Bitcoin.

Once have read the article you can make your mind up whether to do further research and ascertain whether it is a suitable payment methodology for your business.

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