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Chinese astrology has it that 2020 is a “metal rat” year, and is associated with turbulence. Covid-19 has certainly provided a quantum of it. With a steep market dive in the first quarter, and sharp worldwide economic contraction, Asian business has had a rough ride. As star signs go, 2020 has so far lived up to its ratty astrological reputation.

The results of a survey conducted from August to September of Hong Kong-based Asia Business Council’s members, who are the chairmen and CEOs of some of Asia’s leading multi-national companies, collectively valued at nearly $3 trillion, and with some 3 million employees, offer insights against the turbulent backdrop of a year dominated by Covid-19. With a response rate of 83% (58 out of 70 members), the

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Making a splash in any industry can be a challenge, but increasingly, getting noticed online is proving to be difficult for small businesses in such a cluttered digital landscape.



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One of the best ways to ensure your company website is hitting all the right notes to maximise appearing in search results is through local SEO.

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Local SEO is important, especially for small businesses that operate on a regional level, as opposed to a national level.

Though national SEO primarily focuses on ranking in searches for the entire country, local SEO focuses on narrowing the scope of search parameters, instead aiming to appear in search engine result pages within a specific local area.  

There are several steps businesses can take to improve their search engine rankings (order of appearance on result pages) that can ultimately boost the number of visits they get to

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A survey of business leaders by PwC finds the pandemic is causing rapid changes in the roles CISOs play, and offers five tips for ensuring that security remains stable as we enter a new normal.

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A study of business leaders by PwC has found that the role of chief information security officers (CISOs) have grown considerably due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with 40% saying they’re now having to fill both an operational role and the role of a digital transformation leader.

SEE: Return to work: What the new normal will look like post-pandemic (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

One of the major reasons CISOs are being pushed so hard could be because PwC found 40% of businesses have sped up digital transformation efforts due to pandemic shutdowns, with many having already advanced to year two or three of their five-year transformation plans.

All of these changes call for new modes

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Slack is holding its Frontiers conference this week — virtually like everyone else in 2020 — and it’s introducing some new features to make it easier to message between partners. At the same time, it’s talking about some experimental features that could appear in the platform at some point (or not).

Let’s start with some features to help communicate with partners outside of your company in a secure way. This is always a tough nut to crack whether it’s collaboration or file sharing or any of the things that trusted partners do when they are working closely together.

To help solve that, the company is creating the notion of trusted partners, and this has a few components. The first is Slack Connect DMs (direct messages), which allows users inside an organization to collaborate with anyone outside their company simply by sending an invite.

“You can now direct message anyone in

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New search data reveals the most in-demand services small businesses are looking for in a post-COVID world

Fiverr International Ltd. (NYSE: FVRR), the company that is changing how the world works together, today released its second semi-annual Small Business Needs Index. This index highlights the variety of different services that small businesses feel will help them succeed in a more online first world. The global list, backed by Fiverr search data, reveals many businesses are searching for tools and services that will help them digitally transform.

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Fiverr released its second Small Business Needs Index, revealing in-demand services small businesses are searching for. (Graphic: Business Wire)

2020 has without a doubt been a challenging time for small businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced worldwide stay-at-home orders and subsequent business shutdowns, from gyms to restaurants and hotels to bus tours.

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ZeroFOX has acquired LookingGlass Cyber Solutions’ Cyveillance threat intelligence business. 

Announced on Tuesday, the deal is designed to merge the ZeroFOX Digital Risk Protection Platform and Cyveillance’s threat intelligence data trove and dark web intelligence capabilities. 

ZeroFOX says that snapping up the business, previously a subsidiary of LookingGlass, is a strategic move to push the company up the enterprise threat intelligence and protection roster on a global scale.

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Financial details were not disclosed. 

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Cyveillance was previously acquired by LookingGlass in 2015. 

The company provides clients with online data source analysis and monitoring, including a digital risk protection service, a “data lake” repository containing over two decades’ worth of threat intelligence, open source security projects, as well as investigation and forensics offerings.

“Our merger with the Cyveillance team fulfills our strategic

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By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer

Facebook said it will ban groups that openly support QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory that paints President Donald Trump as a secret warrior against a supposed child-trafficking ring run by celebrities and “deep state” government officials.

The company said Tuesday that it will remove Facebook pages, groups and Instagram accounts for “representing QAnon” — even if they don’t promote violence. The social network said it will consider a variety of factors to decide if a group meets its criteria for a ban, including its name, the biography or “about” section of the page, and discussions within the page, group or Instagram account.

Mentions of QAnon in a group focused on a different subject won’t necessarily lead to a ban, Facebook said. Administrators of banned groups will have their personal accounts disabled as well.

Less than two months ago, Facebook said it would stop promoting

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Raj Goodman Anand, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) member in London, is founder and CEO of Goodman Lantern, a native English content writing and software development services firm helping businesses sell better and grow faster. As the leader of a predominantly female team, we asked Raj about his experience with gender pay parity and workplace equity. Here’s what he shared:

I’m the founder of a company with a predominantly female team. That seems like a strange opening statement for a male CEO–and that’s part of the problem we’re dealing with in business today. 

Throughout my career, I’ve encountered mainly male-dominated spaces. Unfortunately, that isn’t surprising in the tech and marketing fields, in some countries more so than others. However, I see a distinct lack of female representation and leadership across all industries globally. And there is a gender pay gap that, by some estimates, won’t resolve for another 257 years.

What

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The federal government had already promised AU$796.5 million over four years from 2020-21 through its Digital Business Plan to further drive progress towards Australia becoming a leading digital economy by 2030.

In its Budget 2020-21, the government detailed the plan that’s aimed at improving productivity, income growth, and jobs by supporting the adoption of digital technologies by Australian businesses.

“There is no economic recovery without a jobs recovery,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in delivering his Budget speech on Tuesday night. “There is no budget recovery without a jobs recovery.

“This Budget is all about jobs.”

The measures under the JobMaker Plan — Digital Business Plan label cover: Modern digital infrastructure, reduced regulatory barriers, small and medium enterprise (SME) support and capability, and a digital government that is easier to do business with.

The nearly-AU$800 million will be shared over four years by 16 government departments, with Services Australia receiving the

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