The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-09-15T20:48:14Z Research investment will be vital to Victoria’s economic recovery 2020-09-15T20:48:14Z research-investment-will-be-vital-to-victorias-economic-recovery Victoria’s recovery from a year of crisis will rely on continued commitment to research and innovation – both key drivers of economic growth. A report released today by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) shows that past investments in research have created jobs and attracted significant further investments for the state economy.The report, entitled Stimulating the Science and Research Ecosystem Creates Jobs and Investment provides evidence in support of continued investment in research infrastructure, skills and talent attraction, to deliver jobs and economic stability for Victoria’s future.The report was commissioned by Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) Victoria, to better understand the value of the research ecosystem and how it can stimulate economic activity in the short and long term. It reveals that past Victorian Government funding initiatives in the research ecosystem have delivered substantial economic impact and jobs over time. For example, research infrastructure investments in light-weight manufacturing at Carbon Nexus has catalysed an employment precinct in Geelong that supports around 1400 jobs, and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication has assisted in the attraction of over $300 million in research investment while supporting industry to develop a range of commercial products.Speaking on the report, ACOLA Chair Professor Joy Damousi noted that investing in science, research and innovation is the key reason why we have been able to respond quickly and decisively to emerging issues. “Our response to the unprecedented bushfires of last summer and the current COVID-19 pandemic has been underpinned by research. As we move through a recession with significant pressure placed on our country, it is the continued investment in research that will see us create jobs, stimulate activity and generate positive returns to strengthen our economy and resilience for the future,” Professor Damousi said. Dr Caples said that Victorian public research institutions have played an important role in helping Australia and the world understand the responses to COVID-19, including developing vaccines and treatments as well as leading research into the social impact of the pandemic.“COVID-19 has crystallised the need for Victoria and Australia to be more self-sufficient, better prepared for unexpected events and changes, and able to seize opportunities to improve government service delivery and business resilience. This means that our capacity to innovate and find solutions must grow to match the big challenges of today and the future,” Dr Caples said.“There has never been a more crucial time to invest in science, research and innovation.”With the continuing spread of COVID-19, governments and industries must look to strategies that can both support our wellbeing and prosperity. ACOLA CEO Ryan Winn encouraged all governments, not just the Victorian Government, to consider the evidence outlined in the report to understand the value universities and the research sector can provide to safeguarding our future, to tackle both the known and unknown issues Australia will face.Download a copy of the 28-page report via the www.acola.org/stimulating-science-research-ecosystem. The report includes case-studies from the Australian Synchrotron, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium, the Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability, Carbon Nexus and Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation. It also includes Notable examples and activities in Victorian Universities in relation to the public research response to COVID-19.Media contactFor more information or to arrange interviews, contact: Ryan WinnChief Executive, ACOLA0484 814 040About ACOLAACOLA is the forum whereby Australia’s Learned Academies and our Associate members come together to contribute expert advice to inform national policy; and to develop innovative solutions to complex global problems and emerging national needs. Through the learned academies, ACOLA has access to more than 3,000 of Australia’s greatest minds to bring together critical thinking and evidence to inform robust policy decisions. Paul Keating's HECS-style loans plan unfair; aged care insurance simpler and more efficient 2020-09-14T13:19:03Z paul-keatings-hecs-style-loans-plan-unfair-aged-care-insurance-simpler-and-more-efficient Proposals for a HECS-type model to fund aged care completely miss the point, according to public finance expert Dr Marc Robinson. The HECS-type model was proposed by former prime minister Paul Keating in evidence to the Aged Care Royal Commission.Dr Robinson said that the biggest problem facing aged care is the minority of elderly people who end up needing particularly long periods of expensive residential care because they suffer from dementia or other very severe disability. “Everyone should be protected against this risk through social insurance, which would pay for aged care costs above a certain threshold. That way, those who end up being part of this unlucky minority would be protected from the huge financial burden of care. Everybody should pay a premium - in the form of a supplement to the Medicare levy - in order to pay for this insurance,” he said.Dr Robinson addresses the aged care challenge, and what is needed to tackle it, in his just-published book Bigger Government: The Future of Government Expenditure in Advanced Economies.As a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures and former staff economist at the International Monetary Fund, Australian, Swiss-based Dr Robinson has advised more than 30 countries on budgeting reforms. “Mr Keating's proposal is, in effect, that everyone should pay the full cost of their aged care unless there are insufficient assets in their estates to do so. This would be like having health system in which government lends everybody money to pay for their healthcare during their lives, and then grabs the estates of anyone who had incurred very high healthcare expenses during their lives due to particularly poor health.”Dr Robinson said that a just and effective aged care system is one that not only looks after people who have limited capacity to pay, but also protects everyone against the risk of drawing the short straw in the "dementia lottery". “This is the principle that guides aged care policy in the countries with the best aged care systems, such as Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. Even the British conservative government of prime minister Boris Johnson is moving now to implement an insurance-type system.“In principle, aged care insurance could be provided either by the government or by private insurance companies. However, international experience shows that, for such insurance to work, it has to be compulsory for everyone. And if insurance was provided by private insurers, it would have to operate under a system with a standard policy and premiums regulated by the government. “Overall, a government insurance system would be simpler and more efficient,” he added.EndsNote: More information about Paul Keating’s loan plan can be found here:https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-14/paul-keating-calls-for-hecs-style-loans-for-home-care-at-rc/12661136OECD: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.About the Author:Dr Marc Robinson is an internationally-recognised authority on government finances with extensive experience in budgeting, public financial management and fiscal policy. He is a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditures, and also of the IMF’s Panel of Fiscal Experts. A resident of Switzerland, he is a Swiss and Australian dual national. In Australia, Dr Robinson was a senior civil servant and professor of economics. He was formerly a staff economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. He has consulted on budgeting and fiscal policy matters to more than 30 countries ranging from European Union members to middle and low-income countries. Dr Robinson has published many books, monographs and articles on government budgeting issues. He is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and symposiums held by international organisations and national ministries of finance. His new book (Bigger Government, The Future of Government Expenditure in Advanced Economies (376 pages, Arolla Press) documents how and why advanced nations are headed for a new era of bigger government with health, aged care and tackling climate change to have greatest impact on spending pressures. pfmresults.com & biggergovernment.comMedia enquiries:Issued on behalf of Dr Marc Robinson by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E: wendy@wmcpr.com.au Dr Marc Robinson can be contacted on +4143-508-0912 and E: marc@pfmresults.com Online Schooling - 2020-09-10T12:20:13Z online-schooling Although I have been working in the education field for over 30 years I used to be very sceptical regarding the quality and impact online learning may have on students. I was convinced that, in order to learn well, students have to be in a physical setting where they could mingle with both their peers and their teachers. I held the belief that online learning would not allow students nor teachers to form a community. At the age of 54 I decided to undertake an online course myself – after having gone through formal education in a traditional way (two doctoral degrees, one master degree). During this particular online course – that was not only based on lecturing, but also on valuable live sessions where participants got engaged in debates, discussions and collaborative learning – I realised that I established a strong bond with the participants that resulted in further gatherings online and offline.As, at that time, I was working towards becoming less location-dependent as a professional, I was looking into options that allowed me to live my mission differently in comparison to how I was doing it up until then. After many years of teaching, lecturing, coaching and leading international schools in different countries and experiencing the need to start from scratch again after each move (I moved due to family reasons), I was fascinated by creating something that would allow me and my job to work from anywhere.Synchronicity is often at play and, indeed, the mentor of the online course that I subscribed to one day phoned me and asked me whether it would be possible to create an online school? You can imagine that my former beliefs were at a deviation. We brainstormed on the basis of our common experience and knowledge in different fields (mine in education, giftedness and personal development and Katharina’s (my business partner) in Marketing and coaching) what would be the best way to bring a holistic education offering into reality: School Beyond Limitations was born.School Beyond Limitations is not only based on online schooling, but it also integrates the opportunity of experiential learning weeks in different countries in Europe. Students learn to see themselves as unique human beings who are invited to pursue their own interests through the lenses of academic, social, emotional, personal and entrepreneurial learning opportunities.The experience has now given us enough evidence that online learning has a number of huge advantages (although it may not be the right solution for everybody). Students who love to engage online and gain inspiration by connecting with people from different countries forget that they are not in the same physical room. Surprisingly, students say that they seem to bond more with their classmates in a contained online context (at School Beyond Limitations there are only maximum 8 students in each class) than they ever did before in traditional classes with over 20 students being present. They keep connected after lessons and communicate and collaborate beyond their school hours. As such, the online approach gives them the understanding how much value they gain through collaboration with one another and furthermore, they realise that they belong to a steady, friendly, caring and open learning community – an environment that promotes the notion that learning takes place at any time and anywhere.Online learning allows students to connect with their peers and teachers also in times of change, such as during the COVID 19 pandemic throughout which the majority of countries have closed their schools and were not ready to phase an efficient solution for their students’ learning. Often teachers just sent assignments out to their students by expecting the assignments to be handed in at the end of the week. Students, from one moment to the next, needed to learn everything independently whereas before there was never any focus on self-directed learning in school. There was no or very little interaction with the students. No wonder that students who experienced such an approach started to feel left alone and demotivated about their learning experience.The online lessons at School Beyond Limitations allowed students to continue their learning journey. It never interrupted. Students are involved in their learning. It allows them to see the purpose of their learning by being seen in their individual uniqueness. They learn out of curiosity based on their interests, talents, experiences and competencies. Their learning takes place through inquiry and projects based on a trans-disciplinary approach. That allows them to integrate their learning holistically as it is relevant to their own lives. On top of supporting students’ personal development, they are encouraged, through the exposure to experts in various fields, to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and their entrepreneurial ventures. Such powerful online classes allow them to learn how much value there is to connect with entrepreneurs and to be exposed to their expertise. Online classes offer infinite possibilities for such learning experiences. Students connect easily with relevant people who may have an impact on their own professional career. Another positive aspect of online learning is that students encounter less stress. There is no need to get up so early if school starts at 9 am from home. Students mention this aspect all the time: how much freer and more relaxed they feel about school by connecting from home. There is no need of commuting to school on a daily basis and that helps them to introduce a daily routine based on more freedom and choice. In addition, the peer pressure that usually makes students suffer so much in traditional settings is something that online students do encounter much less. First of all because their environment is so different. Nobody can hide in the classroom. Everyone is seen and also the interaction between the students is taking place openly. If their learning environment puts an emphasis on the whole human being – including their emotional and social wellbeing – then there is no space for such risks to take place. So, is online learning an alternative to traditional schooling? For sure it is (not for all); especially if the online learning is based on the uniqueness of the learning journey of each single student and takes them on an interactive journey that ignites their passion for learning and their interest in creating value for themselves and the world they live in. Author Dr Martina Geromin DBA, PhD GECA Joins Call for Federal Government to Adopt Policies for a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 2020-09-08T01:21:25Z geca-joins-call-for-federal-government-to-adopt-policies-for-a-sustainable-recovery-from-covid-19 In a letter to the Prime Minister the group called for the Government to use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for policies that would strengthen the economy and ensure “a better future for all”. “Creating a fairer, more resilient and cleaner economy does not require the reinvention of frameworks or agreements,” the letter says. “Instead, we are in a unique position to use the SDGs as the basis for a socially just and green recovery.” The 48 signatories to the letter include Optus, SunRice, Nestle Australia, Konica Minolta Australia, Intrepid Travel, Pacific Hydro, IKEA Australia, the University of Melbourne, Country Road Group, Chartered Accountants ANZ, ACFID, World Vision, Global Impact Initiative, The Governance Institute, Clifford Chance, the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA) and the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI), which includes the major banks and insurers. The letter was coordinated by the Global Compact Network Australia, the local network of the UN Global Compact— the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. “It is clear that many aspects of our lives will change permanently,” the letter says. “Some industries may never be the same again. We must use this challenging situation as an opportunity to work together with our global and national partners alike to build a stronger and more resilient economy with the SDGs at its heart.” The executive director of the GCNA, Kylie Porter, said the letter reflected a growing awareness of the significant benefits associated with aligning future policy frameworks with the SDGs. “There is a clear desire among business and civil society organisations to see Government policies that encourage and foster support for a sustainable future,” Ms Porter said. The 17 SDGs are an internationally agreed framework for urgent action to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all UN member states in 2015, including Australia. The goals address global challenges, including those related to global inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. The SDGs are all interconnected and aim to leave no one behind. The letter also asks the Government to build policies that will aid the transition to net zero emissions by 2050. “We must balance social and economic needs with the needs of our planet, protecting and managing nature and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” it says. “The SDGs provide a way to create co-benefits on the path to net-zero by 2050 and enable a framework for coordinated and holistic policy design.” Developing, purchasing and using products that meet the strict requirements of a type-1 ecolabel such as GECA’s, is one clear way to support the SDGs. You can read the full letter here. One Woman Project takes action on the Queensland Government’s proposed changes to rape and sexual assault laws 2020-09-07T04:54:15Z one-woman-project-takes-action-on-the-queensland-government-s-proposed-changes-to-rape-and-sexual-assault-laws The One Woman Project is advocating alongside the Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy Initiative (RASARA), Women’s Legal Service Queensland (WLSQ), Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre (BRISSC) and others to demand progressive and substantial reform to Queensland’s rape and sexual assault laws, following the Queensland Government’s proposed changes to the Criminal Code.   The five proposed amendments, drafted by the Queensland Law Reform Commission, go against recommendations from researchers, survivors and advocates to implement a standard of affirmative consent, and disregard significant evidence in favour of a UK-based study, which has not been published nor peer-reviewed.   “The amendments will make no positive difference to the current law and will actually prevent sexual assault survivors from receiving justice,” said One Woman Project’s National Director, Madeline Price.   “Consent should be straightforward and sexual assault survivors should be believed. Without this much-needed law reform, the Queensland Government is telling us that neither of these can exist in our state.”   The One Woman Project will be conducting a series of free events in partnership with BRISSC to drive progressive and substantial rape reform laws in Queensland. As an educational organisation, these events will be centred around spreading awareness of the proposed amendments, and where candidates for the upcoming State Election stand on the matter.   All events will be hosted online to support a COVID-safe learning environment, and free of charge to allow as many participants as possible. The One Woman Project will also be sharing information and resources via their blog and social media accounts.   RASARA and WLSQ have recommended the following amendments to the proposed Criminal Code (Consent and Mistake of Fact) Amendment Bill 2020:   5 Amendment of § 348 (meaning of consent)  o   (3) A person does not consent to an act if the person does not say or do anything to communicate consent to the act.   6 Insertion of new § 348A  o   (2) A mistaken belief by the person as to the existence of consent is not honest or reasonable if the person did not take positive and reasonable steps, by words or conduct, in the circumstances known to the person at the time of the act, to ascertain that the other person was giving consent to the act.     WLSQ estimates that there are approximately 46,000 instances of sexual assault each year in Queensland, with only 308 perpetrators convicted in 2018. Further information on the proposed amendments and a full breakdown of the case law can be found at the RASARA website here.   ENDS About One Woman Project Established in 2013, the One Woman Project is one of Australia's fastest growing, youth-led, nonprofit organisations. We are dedicated to providing quality education about global gender equality through our educational seminar series, engagement events, in-school programs, public awareness campaigns, Rural Roadtrips and annual festivals. We are passionate about the impact that young people can make in their local, national and international communities. What is the first thing that is thrown out of the window when leaders are stressed? 2020-09-07T04:16:58Z what-is-the-first-thing-that-is-thrown-out-of-the-window-when-leaders-are-stressed Thursday, 7rd September, 2020. Have you ever given a thought to what is going inside the mind of leaders when they make significant decisions that affect our lives?   If the answer to this question is ‘no’, then you may want to start thinking about it. Because the way our brain operates affects the decision making of even the most intelligent people. And more often than we think, leaders make the wrong decisions and communicate them with self-confidence and passion, leading us to believe that they are right.   Farewell the Common-sense   Decision making is difficult in the best of days. We know from evidence pre the pandemic that 70% of all business transformations fail to deliver value to shareholders and that 40% of senior hires do not last 18 months in their new roles.   Decision making in times of change and uncertainty is even more challenging.  Leaders are currently under enormous pressure to make ‘good’ decisions. But every decision they will make will be perceived as fair by some and dreadful by others. The question of what is the right thing to do and by whom can now have significant wellbeing consequences attached to it. The past six months have been tough times for everyone, including for leaders. The emotional load is draining, and the light at the end of the tunnel is still too far ahead. And this stress affects the quality of leaders’ decision making!   Last year at Harvard Kennedy School, Prof Daniel Shapiro opened his lecture by asking our class what the first thing that is thrown out of the window when we are stressed is.  The answer was ‘common sense’, our logical thinking. And there is strong scientific evidence behind this statement.   How we think - is not what we think   In every moment of our lives, our brain has so much information to deal with that we simply cannot logically and consciously analyse everything. Herbert Simon called this the Bounded Rationality. We are bounded in our rationality by our brain; we cannot multi-tasks our thinking. But what is thinking and how do we think?   We think using two systems (Kahneman): System One- is the fast, automatic, effortless and unconscious way to tackle the daily tasks. To be able to operate fast and automatically, system one is based on shortcuts and heuristics to associate new information with exiting patterns. In other words, it includes cognitive biases. System Two- is the slow, effortful and conscious logical thinking. When we learn something new, we concentrate on the learning and use system two.   When we feel confident, we use system one. Think about your first driving lessons. In the beginning, you had to concentrate and think about every movement. Then, after years on the road, you often find yourself arriving home without even recalling what happened on the way. You used system one, your automatic pilot.   So, this is how we think- what’s the problem?   First, often we are not aware of which system we are using at the moment. We make decisions and behave in a certain way without knowing what lead them (how we got to the decision), although we feel that we know what our brain is doing. We simply cannot see through our neuroscience.   Second, the real problem begins when we use system one when we need to use system two. And this occurs more often than we tend to think!   Third, there is strong evidence that the more stressed we are, the less access we have to the logical/rational part in our brain (the neocortex) that we use in system two. It’s like having a blackout in an exam, without having the awareness that this is happening to us.   And this is what every decision-maker is going through. We unconsciously use system one with its biases to make decisions, when we need to use system two and think logically. This mistake happens to everyone. If you are not biased, you are not human! This mistake frequently happens to our leaders!   Common biases leaders fall into   Many biases affect leaders in making strategic decisions and in assessing risks. I chose to focus in this article on four of them:   WYSIATY- Daniel Kahneman coined the acronym WYSIATI to explain that our brain keeps on telling us “What you see is all there is”. We judge and make decisions based on the information that is available to us. Leaders develop stories and narratives based on the information they have at hand, often without asking the question, “what information am I missing”? Leaders need to remind themselves that every report includes biases: someone decided what questions to ask, which information to collect, how to analyse the data, what conclusion to draw from the analysis, what to present and which data not to include in the report and then the recommendations are subjective as well.   Confirmation bias - is the tendency to search for, interpret, favour, and recall information that confirms or supports our prior beliefs and values. We all do that daily- for example, we consume the news from the sources that align with our views and interpret information according to our beliefs. But what if our initial idea is wrong? Great leaders encourage their teams to tell them what they don’t want to hear. It is not easy and can be confronting, but it is one of the ways to get over the confirmation bias. When you seek and thank people for their honest opinions, you get the information you need to make an informed decision. When you fall into the confirmation bias, everyone will always tell you exactly what you want to hear, because this is what you appreciate.   Dunning-Kruger Effect is the situation in which people who are unskilled at something do not recognise their incompetence and act like experts. As much as we would like to think that we are all great leaders, no individual can be great in all the leadership competencies. Hence the importance of continuously developing self-awareness and surrounding ourselves with complementary skills- building a complementary leadership team.   The risky shift - complementing leadership teams often fall into group biases. The well-known one is Group Thinking. One of the common biases, yet less spoken about, is the risky shift. This bias occurs when a leadership team agrees on a course of action that is more extreme than what they would have made if each of the team members would have taken if asked individually. This bias could explain the risky decision that the Swedish government has taken in response to the pandemic.   Achieving optimal decision-making outcomes   A chairperson of a listed company recently told me that he could see all the biases of the leadership team and coach them because he is well experienced, educated and is never biased. Well...   Einstein referred to reality as an illusion- we assume that there is 1:1 relationship between the way we perceive things and the way they are. But this is certainly not the case.  The cognitive process of thinking is always unconscious, and the procedures that we use to solve problems are often entirely opaque to us. We don’t have much insight into our thinking and behaviour and are not much better at predicting others’ actions.   Hence, no matter how high you are in the organisational hierarchy, what your education is and how well versed your convincing, influencing and rhetoric skills are- you will always have blind spots that affect your thinking. And the more stressed you are, the chances are that your thinking will increase its reliance on biases.   Real leaders shine in times of crisis; not when everything goes according to plan, and there are only small budget constraints. The pandemic brings to surface leadership and decision-making capabilities.   While we cannot see through our thinking process, awareness of the biases we tend to rely on as a group is critical. To achieve optimal decision outcomes in times of uncertainty, leaders must design a new decision-making environment. They should improve cognitive diversity, self-awareness and understanding of the specific leadership teams’ biases. There are simple tactics to use as a team to shield from biases. The first step to take is awareness!   Tips: ·      Conduct a blind spot assessment for each member of the leadership team ·      Analyse the team’s strategic and risk key biases ·      Redesign the leadership teams’ decision-making process to achieve optimal decision-making outcomes   About Dr Zivit Inbar: Dr Zivit Inbar is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School Leadership Decision Making Executive Program. She works with boards and executives from the public and private sectors on understanding their personal and team biases and optimising decision-making processes.   Note to the editor: DifferenThinking™ is a boutique consulting firm specialising in strategic teams, culture, leadership, ethics, innovation and decision making services. At DifferenThinking we are focused on reducing risks and increasing growth by unlocking the potential of your people, culture and innovation capabilities. In times of such uncertainty, failing to transform and develop these aspects of your organisation could have a significant impact on your bottom line.   Issued by DifferenThinking: www.differenthinking.com.au   Dr. Zivit Inbar: +61 (0)400 355 210, zivit@differenthinking.com.au   Bitglass reports 61% of companies had an insider attack in past year 2020-09-06T23:59:52Z bitglass-reports-61-of-companies-had-an-insider-attack-in-past-year Bitglass has released its 2020 insider threat report, which uncovers the state of enterprise security over insider threats. Enterprises report that the average cost of an insider attack is as much as $US2 million.The report disclosed that employees, whether careless or malicious, can pose a great risk to organisations. A majority of survey respondents (61%) reported at least one insider attack over the past 12 months (22% reported at least six separate attacks). Bitglass partnered with a leading cybersecurity community and surveyed IT professionals to understand how their businesses balance budgetary and data protection concerns while defending against insider threats.Businesses are currently undergoing seismic shifts, including rapid migrations to the cloud and widespread adoptions of remote work and BYOD (bring your own device) policies. Along with these trends, securing against insider threats has become increasingly challenging. Most organisations cannot guarantee that they can detect insider threats stemming from personal devices (82%) or the cloud (50%), while 81% find it difficult to assess the impact of insider attacks. Despite these concerns, few respondents have a single platform that delivers complete, unified visibility and control for any interaction. When dealing with multiple disjointed tools that provide disparate levels of protection, security professionals spend an inordinate amount of time managing each of the solutions individually. As such, 49% of respondents stated that at least one week typically goes by before insider attacks are detected; additionally, 44% said that another week usually passes before the organisation recovers from the attacks. While organisations were already working with constrained security budgets before the pandemic, security teams are now being asked to do even more with less. 73% of companies’ security budgets are decreasing or staying flat over the next year. “Enterprises report that loss of critical data and disruption to business operations are the biggest repercussions of insider attacks,” said Anurag Kahol, CTO of Bitglass. “Along with brand damage, remediation costs, legal liabilities, and loss of revenue, these are serious ramifications that must be prevented. Enterprises need a multi-faceted security platform that is designed to monitor user behaviour, secure personal devices, deliver maximum uptime and cost savings, and prevent leakage on any interaction. Only then can they defend against insider threats.” To see all of Bitglass’ findings, download the full report here: https://pages.bitglass.com/CD-FY20Q3-Bitglass2020InsiderThreatReport_LP.html?&utm_source=pr World-First Artificial Intelligence Arrives for Risk Management & Compliance 2020-09-02T03:09:47Z world-first-artificial-intelligence-arrives-for-risk-management-amp-compliance Everybody, meet Hailey!'Initially, our goal was to have Hailey be as accurate as a human expert, but thanks to reinforcement training and the strength of the algorithm, in many cases she is outperforming them' - Andrew Robinson.We are extremely proud to announce our new artificial intelligence engine to underpin the 6clicks platform following PhD-led research and development. Hailey will now play an integral role in reducing the cost and complexity of compliance. The application for Hailey across the platform is massive and extremely exciting, with our initial release focused on reducing cost and speeding up what has been a traditionally laborious process – identifying and managing the overlap of obligations that exist across different standards, laws and regulations. For decades, there has been software designed to try and streamline compliance processes, but these have fallen short. Now, thanks to advancements in AI, data management and with hyper-scale computing, what was impossible is now a reality for 6clicks customers and their advisors. We recently demonstrated Hailey’s power across a wide set of security standards, digesting and mapping hundreds of pages of requirements in minutes. From there, Hailey begun making impressive comparisons, such as uncovering mappings between common requirements within ISO 27001 and NIST CSF, that were originally not considered by experts. As regulators increase their focus across many jurisdictions and businesses need to reduce the cost and complexity of compliance, this breakthrough spells the end of the admin burden for risk and compliance practitioners. 6clicks is currently working through arrangements with a select number of customers and service providers to be involved in trials. 6clicks Chief Executive Anthony Stevens says ‘When we think about the time and cost involved in managing compliance, there is a massive opportunity to improve. Hailey now gives all of us a gateway to forever realise the ability to save money and improve compliance outcomes’. And this is only stage one of embedding Hailey across the 6clicks platform, with more AI-related announcements coming soon. Stevens believes the opportunity to ‘now read and understand the current and imminent risk, compliance and cyber needs is the key to better quality across all industries’. CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence 'national emergency' 2020-08-31T23:25:25Z cwa-of-nsw-puts-awareness-week-spotlight-on-domestic-violence-national-emergency-2 Hi , The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is preparing to launch its annual Awareness Week campaign on September 6, this year focussing on the issue of domestic violence. The 2020 campaign is highlighting the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be limited and often hours away. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s Awareness Week, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “The rates of violence we are seeing are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, and the message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The campaign runs from September 6 to 13 and for interview requests with CWA of NSW president Stephanie Stanhope or Awareness Week partners White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW, please let me know. Branches across the state are participating in the campaign with their own awareness-raising events, subject to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, so get in touch with your local branch for find out what they have planned. A branch locator can be found at: https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/branchesgroups.html Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, is the Patron of the CWA of NSW and has prepared a message in support of this year’s Awareness Week campaign, which can be viewed here. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence ‘national emergency’ A call for domestic violence to be recognised as a “national emergency” is at the heart of this year’s Country Women’s Association of NSW Awareness Week, beginning on Sunday, September 6. This year’s Awareness Week is shining the spotlight on the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be hours away. This comes as COVID-19 and associated restrictions have exacerbated the issue of domestic violence in 2020, with restrictions putting victims in closer proximity to their abusers, for often longer periods of time, making it harder for victims to reach out for help. Statistics show: One woman is killed every nine days and one man is killed every 29 days in a domestic violence-related situation. One in six women and one in 16 men in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner. Indigenous women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-indigenous women. Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children. Women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence, and those who do seek help can find difficulty in accessing services due to geographical isolation (services/emergency accommodation may be hundreds of kilometres away) and lack of transportation options. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “Figures like these are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, because there are services there to help and communities who will stand behind them. The message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s campaign, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. The organisation is supporting Domestic Violence NSW’s calls for law and policy change aimed at helping prevent and address the issues around domestic and family violence, and the call for a forum to help better understand the needs of victims in non-metropolitan areas. “People in rural, regional and outer metropolitan experiencing domestic violence face unique challenges and have specific needs. We are calling on the NSW Government to hold a regional forum to meet with local domestic violence services so that everyone, wherever they live, can access the support they need to be safe,” said Delia Donovan, Interim CEO of Domestic Violence NSW. White Ribbon Australia’s call for more behavioural change and support programs for perpetrators, and for those who feel like they are a risk to their partner/families and need immediate support, is also being supported by the CWA of NSW. White Ribbon Australia Executive Director Brad Chilcott said Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) programs work with perpetrators to identify, understand and take responsibility for their violence, anger and abuse. “But demand far exceeds supply. Right now, there are hundreds of men across Australia, including regional NSW, who recognise their behaviour is unsafe and are reaching out for support, only to discover how little is available,” Mr Chilcott said. “Recent data from No To Violence shows that men are waiting up to 40 weeks to access specialist MBC programs, leaving women and children vulnerable to ongoing abuse.” In a recent postal vote on policy motions – which will form the basis of CWA of NSW’s lobbying efforts for the next 12 months – members overwhelmingly endorsed two motions around domestic violence: one urging governments to recognise the issue as a “national emergency”, and another calling for all governments to implement relevant recommendations and best practice relating to protecting survivors of domestic violence. This includes recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s family law review and the National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. “Members are passionate about advocating for victims of domestic violence and for more support services in their local communities. White Ribbon Australia recognises individual communities are best placed to identify just what they need to help address the issue in their own neighbourhoods, so is urging communities to consider forming their own community action groups,” Stephanie said. “This Awareness Week we’re sending the message that we can all help make a difference if we stand together and make the safety of everyone in our community our top priority.” For those in need of assistance, 1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, which can be contacted on 1800 737 732. For more information on White Ribbon Australia go to https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/, and for Domestic Violence NSW visit https://www.dvnsw.org.au/ CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence 'national emergency' 2020-08-31T23:18:15Z cwa-of-nsw-puts-awareness-week-spotlight-on-domestic-violence-national-emergency-1 Hi , The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW is preparing to launch its annual Awareness Week campaign on September 6, this year focussing on the issue of domestic violence. The 2020 campaign is highlighting the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be limited and often hours away. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s Awareness Week, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “The rates of violence we are seeing are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, and the message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The campaign runs from September 6 to 13 and for interview requests with CWA of NSW president Stephanie Stanhope or Awareness Week partners White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW, please let me know. Branches across the state are participating in the campaign with their own awareness-raising events, subject to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, so get in touch with your local branch for find out what they have planned. A branch locator can be found at: https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/branchesgroups.html Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, is the Patron of the CWA of NSW and has prepared a message in support of this year’s Awareness Week campaign, which can be viewed here. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MEDIA RELEASE CWA of NSW puts Awareness Week spotlight on domestic violence ‘national emergency’ A call for domestic violence to be recognised as a “national emergency” is at the heart of this year’s Country Women’s Association of NSW Awareness Week, beginning on Sunday, September 6. This year’s Awareness Week is shining the spotlight on the confronting statistics that underline the need for urgent action in the areas of support services, perpetrator rehabilitation and prevention programs, particularly in rural and regional NSW, where this kind of assistance can be hours away. This comes as COVID-19 and associated restrictions have exacerbated the issue of domestic violence in 2020, with restrictions putting victims in closer proximity to their abusers, for often longer periods of time, making it harder for victims to reach out for help. Statistics show: One woman is killed every nine days and one man is killed every 29 days in a domestic violence-related situation. One in six women and one in 16 men in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner. Indigenous women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-indigenous women. Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children. Women in regional, rural and remote areas are more likely than women in urban areas to experience domestic and family violence, and those who do seek help can find difficulty in accessing services due to geographical isolation (services/emergency accommodation may be hundreds of kilometres away) and lack of transportation options. CWA of NSW State President Stephanie Stanhope said the organisation wanted to highlight the urgency around more action on the issue in an effort to turn around the confronting statistics. “Figures like these are not acceptable in our communities and we are calling for more initiatives, strategies and resources to go towards addressing the issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We also want to encourage women who are living with violence to reach out for assistance, because there are services there to help and communities who will stand behind them. The message from communities must be that victims are not alone and will not be judged, but rather listened to and supported,” she said. The CWA of NSW is partnering with White Ribbon Australia and Domestic Violence NSW on this year’s campaign, supportive of each organisation’s lobbying efforts and services offered to victims and their families. The organisation is supporting Domestic Violence NSW’s calls for law and policy change aimed at helping prevent and address the issues around domestic and family violence, and the call for a forum to help better understand the needs of victims in non-metropolitan areas. “People in rural, regional and outer metropolitan experiencing domestic violence face unique challenges and have specific needs. We are calling on the NSW Government to hold a regional forum to meet with local domestic violence services so that everyone, wherever they live, can access the support they need to be safe,” said Delia Donovan, Interim CEO of Domestic Violence NSW. White Ribbon Australia’s call for more behavioural change and support programs for perpetrators, and for those who feel like they are a risk to their partner/families and need immediate support, is also being supported by the CWA of NSW. White Ribbon Australia Executive Director Brad Chilcott said Men’s Behaviour Change (MBC) programs work with perpetrators to identify, understand and take responsibility for their violence, anger and abuse. “But demand far exceeds supply. Right now, there are hundreds of men across Australia, including regional NSW, who recognise their behaviour is unsafe and are reaching out for support, only to discover how little is available,” Mr Chilcott said. “Recent data from No To Violence shows that men are waiting up to 40 weeks to access specialist MBC programs, leaving women and children vulnerable to ongoing abuse.” In a recent postal vote on policy motions – which will form the basis of CWA of NSW’s lobbying efforts for the next 12 months – members overwhelmingly endorsed two motions around domestic violence: one urging governments to recognise the issue as a “national emergency”, and another calling for all governments to implement relevant recommendations and best practice relating to protecting survivors of domestic violence. This includes recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission’s family law review and the National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. “Members are passionate about advocating for victims of domestic violence and for more support services in their local communities. White Ribbon Australia recognises individual communities are best placed to identify just what they need to help address the issue in their own neighbourhoods, so is urging communities to consider forming their own community action groups,” Stephanie said. “This Awareness Week we’re sending the message that we can all help make a difference if we stand together and make the safety of everyone in our community our top priority.” For those in need of assistance, 1800RESPECT is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, which can be contacted on 1800 737 732. For more information on White Ribbon Australia go to https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/, and for Domestic Violence NSW visit https://www.dvnsw.org.au/ Over 1000 Australians call on government to give small business a fair go 2020-08-31T01:06:24Z over-1000-australians-call-on-government-to-give-small-business-a-fair-go Stimulus measures have been essential to protecting jobs and businesses while weathering the storm of a global pandemic. Yet more than 57,000 small businesses have been left out of stimulus support due to red tape. More than 1000 Australians have petitioned the federal government to fix flaws in the current package that excludes small businesses and their employees from stimulus support based on when they file their Business Activity Statements (BAS) with the Australian Tax Office. The official online petition, which can be found here on the federal parliament website, calls for the government to amend rules that currently force the ATO to discriminate against businesses which report their BAS quarterly or yearly. While larger businesses with turnover of $20million dollars or more are required to file their BAS monthly, smaller businesses may file their BAS quarterly or annually. The petitioners ask that the government "remove discrimination against businesses based on the way in which they complete their Business Activity Statements." The petitioners are not alone in their call for change on this issue. The industry representatives of the ATO's Tax Practitioner Stewardship Group have presented a joint letter to the Treasury calling for change to remove the red tape discrimination against small business. Representatives of CPA Australia, CA ANZ, The Tax Institute, The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, Institute of Public Accountants, Tax & Super Australia, National Tax Accountants Association, Australian Bookkeepers Association and Association of Accounting Technicians have all co-signed the letter calling for the government to address this significant issue impacting small businesses. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) has also sought to address the matter with the government ahead of the Job Keeper review. However, the government failed to address the issue in its review or subsequent legislation. The petition for change has also drawn support from the Small Enterprise Association of Australian and New Zealand, noting "Small Business often gets the 'short end of the stick' and is virtually helpless to do anything about it." The parliament will close the petition to any new signatures on Wednesday September 2nd and 11.59pm. Until then, you can support the call for fair and equal support of small business here: https://www.aph.gov.au/petition_list?id=EN1699 Unity4 and Daisee partner to provide automated quality management for customer interactions 2020-08-26T03:41:11Z unity4-and-daisee-partner-to-provide-automated-quality-management-for-customer-interactions-1 Unity4 and Daisee are excited to announce a direct partnership that combines Unity4’s advanced cloud contact centre solution and experience in the work from home model with Daisee’s Automated Quality Management solution for customer interactions, powered by artificial intelligence, speech and text analytics.   The service allows organisations to quickly understand the quality of every customer interaction across three core pillars Communication Conduct and Compliance There has been a steady increase in the demand for automated Quality and Compliance analysis, however, the seismic changes due to COVID-19 have required a focus on customers and employees alike. Working from home brings a host of unique challenges that Unity4, a pioneer with 20 years of experience, leverage to rollout the Daisee Quality Management solution.   Understanding the impact COVID has on customers and employees is crucial to enable businesses to react and offer support immediately. The ability to have 100% coverage of all customer interactions leaves no stone unturned ensuring peace of mind and a rich dataset from which to make decisions.  “Unity4 work closely with the innovators in emerging technologies and view Speech and Text Analytics and Artificial Intelligence as pivotal in unlocking data to maximise customer interactions and aid in the management of staff. Daisee is a thought leader and dynamic player in this space. Combined with an easy to consume and use model, our decision to partner was a no-brainer. Customers are getting value from day one, it is exciting times. Take the challenge and give it a try you won’t regret it.” Craig Boorman, Managing Director of Unity4 Contact Centre Technology.   Daisee ingests conversational media into its patent-pending Semantic Engine, utilising a comprehensive combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to derive Natural Language Understanding (NLU). Daisee’s machine-read comprehension of the underlying context of a communication is far superior in focus than traditional speech and text analytics that use a simple word-match and counting approach. The software groups language based on meaning which is essential to locating desirable features in interactions where similar things are said in different ways. Once the interaction data is analysed, enriched and provided with a quality score, workflows triage low-scoring, high risk interactions for operational personnel to review and remediate. This end-to-end process is automatic.  The world’s first Programmable Scorecard™ augments the quality control process, replacing the traditional paper scorecard with an automated, digital one, flagging critical focus areas within the interaction and providing descriptive rationale as to why certain elements failed or passed. Users can review and proactively remediate issues before they escalate.  “Daisee has a unique approach to improving quality by identifying the critical areas of friction that result in complaints and the loss of valuable customers. Daisee’s solution ingests the data from cloud communications, so partnering with a pioneer of WFH solutions was a natural decision. We are excited to partner with Unity4 to bring our solution seamlessly to more customers across Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom” Richard Kimber, Founder & CEO, Daisee.  For more information, please contact: Harrison Deck (Sales Director ANZ) at Daisee on +61-(0) 404 697 151 | harrison.deck@daisee.com or Tracey Boak (Sales Director) at Unity4 on +61-(0) 412 668 251 | tracey.boak@unity4.com.    About Daisee Daisee builds technology that empowers people.  Daisee provides automated quality management of customer interactions, powered by artificial intelligence, speech and text analytics. Enabling you to see far beyond words alone, surfacing the underlying emotion hidden deep within your customer interactions – what your customers are really saying, thinking, and feeling. Daisee helps people solve problems by making interactions simple and smart so they can have a more significant impact, be more productive, and be better at what they do. www.daisee.com  About Unity4 Unity4 provides advanced contact centre capabilities, from technology to people, at home or in the office, powered by the cloud, driven by innovation. Proudly Australian Owned and operated, founded in 2000. Globally Unity4 operates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Our Technology platform RapportCMS was designed around remote (home-based) agents.  And continues as one of the largest 100% at-home agent contact centres in the world, as well as a leading provider of end-to end cloud-based call centre technology.  Unity4 - We deliver Good Conversations  The core difference between Unity4 and our competitors is that we recognise that what happens after the agent says “hello” is of equal importance to what happens before. We focus on the intersection between telephony, interaction management and the people who handle the interaction. This approach ensures that we make ‘human technology’ designed by and for contact centre practitioners. We live and breathe contact centres and are passionate about the possibilities they offer. www.unity4.com Syncdocs protects Google Drive from Hackers 2020-08-24T22:49:54Z syncdocs-protects-google-drive-from-hackers The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is helping scientists making a COVID-19 vaccine. ASIO is preventing their research from being stolen. In July, the United States Justice Department accused the Chinese Government of hacking firms developing vaccines. Phishing attacks against scientists’ data stored in the Google cloud systems have also highlighted the need for security in depth. When data are protected by a single access password, anyone gaining permissions can access everything. This can be prevented by encrypting the data at-rest. Protect Google Drive Australian developed Syncdocs is the first solution to provide fully automatic end-to-end encryption for Google Drive. Google currently only encrypts the Google Drive data while in transit, not at rest. That means anyone who can hack the Google account, or a Google G-Suite administrator can access your Google Drive files. It is also all too easy to mistakenly share a file. Syncdocs is different: it encrypts Google Drive files locally, before they ever leave your PC, Mac or phone. Files and folders are securely protected in the cloud with military-strength AES256 encryption. I you want better on-line security, or simply just want to improve Google Drive, grab a free evaluation copy of Syncdocs from https://syncdocs.com Launched Today: Infosys Cobalt – A Set of Services, Solutions, and Platforms for Enterprises to Accelerate their Cloud Journey 2020-08-20T08:38:47Z launched-today-infosys-cobalt-a-set-of-services-solutions-and-platforms-for-enterprises-to-accelerate-their-cloud-journey Bengaluru, India - August 20, 2020: Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, today launched Infosys Cobalt - a set of services, solutions, and platforms that acts as a force multiplier for cloud-powered enterprise transformation. Infosys Cobalt helps businesses redesign the enterprise, from the core, and also build new cloud-first capabilities to create seamless experiences in public, private and hybrid cloud, across PaaS, SaaS, and IaaS landscapes. With Infosys Cobalt’s community leverage, enterprises can rapidly launch solutions and create business models to meet changing market needs while complying with the most stringent global, regional and industry regulatory and security standards.   Expand innovation with the cloud community and its 14,000 cloud assets Enterprises can leverage the full potential of the cloud ecosystem and Infosys Cobalt’s thriving community of business and technology innovators to drive increased business value. Working grassroots up and extending seamlessly to partner with clients, the cloud community provides access to a catalog of over 14,000 assets to help businesses leverage the potential of the cloud ecosystem. An example is the Infosys payer B2B platform creating a disruptive marketplace for employers and providers to come together to manage the health of employees. The Infosys Cobalt cloud community, over time, will expand to include start-ups, partners, academia, gig workers and citizen cloud developers.   Speed-to-market with over 200 industry cloud solution blueprints and Infosys Cobalt Labs With Infosys Cobalt, enterprises can have ready access to a growing portfolio of over 200 cloud-first solution blueprints. Infosys Enterprise Service Management Café, for example, is an AI-powered solution built over the ServiceNow cloud platform, that delivers ready-to-launch applications. With Infosys Cobalt Labs, at Infosys global digital centers, businesses can also co-create new solutions and accelerate speed to market. More broadly, Infosys Cobalt Labs works with the Infosys partner ecosystem to pre-configure partnerships to prototype industry solutions as well.   Secure the globally dispersed enterprise With Infosys Cobalt, regulatory and security compliance, along with technical and financial governance comes baked into every solution delivered. Enterprises count on Infosys Cobalt to securely access cloud capabilities and innovations from various partners with the assurance of the Infosys single-point accountability for secure outcomes.   Salil Parekh, CEO, Infosys said, “Our clients are building cloud capabilities to gain business advantage in increasingly competitive markets. The future of enterprise cloud strategy will be shaped by three key factors – speed-to-market, innovation at scale, and security of the ecosystem – this is the foundational construct of Infosys Cobalt.  With Infosys Cobalt, we will set up a proven and optimal foundation for cloud-led transformation that will accelerate the next phase of growth and market leadership for businesses.”   Infosys continues to invest in a growing set of services, platforms and solutions. The company’s acquisitions of Fluido and Simplus – both leading Salesforce partners and recognized leaders in cloud consulting and implementation – expand its enterprise cloud capabilities. Infosys Cobalt also taps into a rich ecosystem of startups and over 30 leading providers of public and private cloud infrastructure, SaaS, PaaS, applications and enterprise security.   Ravi Kumar, President, Infosys said, “Our clients operate in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. They want to modernize and innovate at scale. They are looking to leverage this heterogeneous landscape, make the most of SaaS and PaaS capabilities, and power on-demand business solutions. They need a strong pool of talent with specialist skillsets to solve these challenges. Infosys Cobalt, together with its rich ecosystem of partners and vibrant cloud community, is securely amplifying enterprise cloud ecosystems, enabling businesses to find faster, more innovative ways to respond to changing markets and drive business resilience.”   For more details on Infosys Cobalt, visit us at infy.com/infosyscobalt. For a deep dive by experts on the evolution of cloud and Infosys Cobalt, watch these videos on InfyTV: https://www.infosys.com/newsroom/infytv/enterprise-evolution-guide/infosys-cobalt.html   “We are on a continuous journey to improve responsiveness to our customers. Migrating to a best-in-class cloud data warehouse built using Snowflake and Azure has transformed the way we unlock data capabilities to accelerate customer relevance. Infosys is partnering with us to deliver the cloud data and analytics blueprint by seamlessly bringing together their partner ecosystem, providing technical expertise and solution assets to execute on our strategy. This is unleashing significant value for us through actionable insights delivered securely”, said Eric Nelson, Kraft Heinz, CIO North America.   Priya Almelkar, Head of Digital Leadership at GLOBALFOUNDRIES said “As a part of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ digital transformation, we’ve partnered with Infosys to help us establish a hybrid cloud foundation that will enable application and data migration to the cloud. We look forward to working with Infosys to differentiate our business solutions and deliver value to our clients worldwide.”   “The current times have emphasized, like never before, the need for digital acceleration using technologies like cloud” said Lance Y. Gokongwei, President and CEO, JG Summit Holdings, Inc. “As one of the largest and most diversified Filipino conglomerates, our vision is to be the leading digital business in Philippines. We are leveraging Infosys Cobalt to set up a secure and scalable hybrid cloud environment and transform our business using SAP S/4HANA. We are also building a modern digital workplace for our workforce to be able to collaborate meaningfully and deliver their productive best. This will accelerate our responsiveness to evolving business needs and offer better services to our end customers.”                                                                                                                                                                         “Cloud provides a platform for businesses to move at speed,” said Peter Bendor-Samuel, Founder & CEO, Everest Group.  “We are seeing rapid adoption of hybrid and multi-cloud environments. However, this transformation journey can be demanding as enterprises are flooded with a bewildering set of new options and associated complexities. In many cases this new operating model is proving difficult to master and is slow to yield the competitive advantages it promises. Infosys Cobalt is an effective antidote to these complexities and challenges and allows clients to focus on capturing the business results at speed that the move to cloud promised.”   “The cloud is the backbone of today’s enterprise technology,” said Todd Lavieri, Vice Chairman of ISG and President, ISG Americas and Asia Pacific.  “Among our clients, we are seeing accelerating cloud adoption, using a hybrid, multi-cloud approach across public and private clouds, to design, launch, and scale new business models. Solutions, such as Infosys Cobalt, help organizations rapidly develop the business solutions they need today while also leveraging a vibrant cloud community to continue to innovate for the future. Such capabilities are a critical part of growing business resilience through digital transformation.”   About Infosys Ltd. Infosys is a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting. We enable clients in 46 countries to navigate their digital transformation. With nearly four decades of experience in managing the systems and workings of global enterprises, we expertly steer our clients through their digital journey. We do it by enabling the enterprise with an AI-powered core that helps prioritize the execution of change. We also empower the business with agile digital at scale to deliver unprecedented levels of performance and customer delight. Our always-on learning agenda drives their continuous improvement through building and transferring digital skills, expertise, and ideas from our innovation ecosystem.   Visit www.infosys.com to see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY) can help your enterprise navigate your next.   Safe Harbor Certain statements in this release concerning our future growth prospects, financial expectations and plans for navigating the COVID-19 impact on our employees, clients and stakeholders are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the 'safe harbor' under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties relating to these statements include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties regarding COVID-19 and the effects of government and other measures seeking to contain its spread, risks related to an economic downturn or recession in India, the United States and other countries around the world, changes in political, business, and economic conditions, fluctuations in earnings, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, our ability to manage growth, intense competition in IT services including those factors which may affect our cost advantage, wage increases in India, our ability to attract and retain highly skilled professionals, time and cost overruns on fixed-price, fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on immigration, industry segment concentration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in telecommunication networks or system failures, our ability to successfully complete and integrate potential acquisitions, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the companies in which Infosys has made strategic investments, withdrawal or expiration of governmental fiscal incentives, political instability and regional conflicts, legal restrictions on raising capital or acquiring companies outside India, unauthorized use of our intellectual property and general economic conditions affecting our industry and the outcome of pending litigation and government investigation. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our United States Securities and Exchange Commission filings including our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. These filings are available at www.sec.gov. Infosys may, from time to time, make additional written and oral forward-looking statements, including statements contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and our reports to shareholders. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company unless it is required by law.   For more information contact PR_Global@Infosys.com Actionstep Chosen as Software provider for nationwide Community Law Centres O Aotearoa network of 24 centres 2020-08-20T04:44:46Z actionstep-chosen-as-software-provider-for-nationwide-community-law-centres-o-aotearoa-network-of-24-centres Auckland / 20 August 2020 / Actionstep today announces their appointment as practice management software provider for the entire Community Law Centres O Aotearoa (CLCA) network. CLCA has 24 sites across New Zealand with 170 staff and over 1,200 volunteer lawyers servicing 50,000 CLC clients every year on the Actionstep’s software platform. These CLCs provide free legal assistance across a wide range of legal areas, including Criminal, Youth Law, Health and Disability, Individual Rights and Freedom, and Immigration, to name a few. Actionstep’s appointment comes after a robust pilot of the software platform across 3 of New Zealand’s CLC sites. Sue Moroney, Chief Executive Office of CLCA shared her pleasure at engaging Actionstep as CLCA’s practice management software, saying “We are looking forward to fully implementing Actionstep across 24 community law centres, after piloting it across 3 of our sites to date. Actionstep will be a game-changer for how services are delivered to community law clients - creating efficiencies that allow us to spend more time making a positive impact. We also anticipate that with Actionstep we will be able to better coordinate the work of CLCs across Aotearoa, improve practice management and help us share knowledge, relevant data, and best practice in one secure, cloud-based system - built around the unique needs of our CLCs and the diverse needs of our clients."   CLCs provide community based, one on one legal help to people who do not have the means to access legal advice through private routes. They also provide legal support to those who have particular challenges that make engaging a lawyer more difficult, such as those who have trouble reading or are living with disability, illness or mobility issues. David Hepburn, Global President of Actionstep welcomed CLCA as Actionstep’s newest New Zealand key customer, saying “Actionstep’s appointment as legal practice management software provider to the CLCA network across New Zealand demonstrates the capabilities of Actionstep for larger customers with diverse areas of law and distributed teams. I applaud the commitment of CLCA to delivering best-in-class services to their clients with our technology supporting efficiency, capturing knowledge, and automating their ideal case workflows.” Actionstep’s software is also used by a number of CLCs in Australia. **** About Actionstep - With you every step. Actionstep is a flexible, easy to use software platform for ambitious legal service providers to manage and grow their practice. Built in the cloud, with workflow at its heart, Actionstep transforms legal productivity at every step. Combining CRM, Matter Management, Document Assembly & Storage, Time & Billing, Trust & Office Accounting, Reporting and much more in one system, Actionstep gives you everything you need to run and get full visibility across the health of your practice. With unlimited scope to scale & evolve, Actionstep’s legal practice management software will take you every step of your journey as a law firm or law centre. www.actionstep.com Spokesperson: David Hepburn, President, Actionstep: david.hepburn@actionstep.com In-house PR contact: Triona Saunders, Actionstep: triona.saunders@actionstep.com