Attempts to gain access to your data through illegal means is an activity that is increasing at an almost exponential pace. To put this into perspective a new Phishing site is launched every 20 seconds. The bad guys attempts to get your data is getting ever more innovative.
We are now 6 months into the new way of working. Work From Home, no meetings, social distancing etc. The days of in person committee meetings or coffee shop meetings at least for the time being are over.
We have all gotten used to the new normal of Zoom meetings or Teams meetings etc.
So the D-Biz has been open for applications for almost 1 month now and the rumours are that there have been 10,000 applications already submitted. I cannot verify this but if everyone has applied for the full amount of 300,000 that would mean 3 Billion in funding requests which since the programme has only 500 Million available it would mean in the first month of application the programme is 6 time oversubscribed already.
In these difficult times many companies are forced into difficult decisions regarding manpower and unfortunately headcounts and cost savings often need to be done. If you are unfortunately in that situation and you make the conscious decision that part of that reduction involves your IT person then below is the list of the most important credentials and access that you need to ensure you get documented such that anyone else whether an existing internal resource or an outside resource can pick up and put the rest of the information together.
Since the outbreak of covid 19 coming on the back of 9 months of social unrest, Phil Aldridge, the Chair of the SME and Startup committee for the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong has conducted a survey in order to assess the economic impact to small and medium sized business in hong kong
It has taken almost 8 weeks from announcement to the point where applications can be taken. Applications are currently allowed for 12 months from April 20th. There have been updates since the announcement and the maximum loan amount per applicant is now HK$4M and the total amount of funding put towards the 100% Loan Guarantee is HK$50Billion. This loan scheme is being run by the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation (HKMCI), but applications and processing is being managed by the banks in Hong Kong.
An employers guide to the new dawn of home working
Three months ago most of you who are not working for a startup probably did not know what WFH meant. Today if you have not heard this acronym, where have you been. WFH or “Work From Home” has become the new norm. As countries around the world lock down because of Covid-19 companies are either voluntarily or through Government legislation moving their workforce to a work from home scenario.
Since 2014 when FunctionEight (F8) acquired one of its competitors we have developed a close and valuable partnership with our friends at the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU).
A prestigious and well known brand name in Hong Kong, the HKRU have proven to be an excellent client who not only listen to our recommendations but also work with us closely to ensure our support matches their needs. This was exactly the type of client FunctionEight look to have.
As of the time of writing there’s a lot of business disruption in Hong Kong and around Asia because of Covid-19 also known as the Corona Virus. Current mortality rate seems to be about 2.5% which is significant but not the purpose of this article. It is an unfortunate situation that in places such as Hong Kong and Singapore there may be more businesses that are killed because of this virus than people.
There have been many high-profile data breaches in the past few years. In some cases, this has been on a massive scale like Yahoo, Marriot Hotels, Sony and E-Bay to name a few. A quick way to check if you’re at risk is by using the website https://haveibeenpwned.com/ this will tell you if your email address has been potentially compromised.