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Phishing revealed as number one organization attack notes BABC member BSI

October 28 2020 BSI raises awareness of the top seven social engineering techniques used by attackers Cyberattacks have risen dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. At one point during the height of the crisis, the FBI’s Cyber Division reported that complaints about cyberattacks had risen by 400% to as many as 4,000 per day. This mirrors an anecdotal poll¹ BSI recently held with phishing cited as the most frequent organization hack for 59 percent of respondents, this was followed by malware at 44 percent, web hack at 21 percent, credit card hack at 18 percent and wireless compromise at 12 percent. BSI’s cybersecurity and information resilience team continues to focus on educating organiz

BABC member Amazon promotes employees; opens new seasonal jobs

October 27, 2020 at 8:22 AM EDT In addition, as part of Amazon’s commitment to investing in the long-term success of its employees and impact on communities, the company announced it has provided upskilling training for more than 30,000 employees through its Career Choice program, which pre-pays tuition and provides on-site classrooms to help employees pursue a career in high-demand fields SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 2020-- Amazon today announced it has promoted more than 35,000 Operations employees in 2020, that 30,000 employees have taken advantage of Amazon’s Career Choice program, and that it’s creating an additional 100,000 seasonal jobs. With more than 12 million Americans out

BABC Member British Airways Launches Incredible Premium Travel Savings on Flights & Holidays

British Airways has today launched a range of luxury flight and holiday deals, offering incredible savings for travellers and available to a wide range of destinations across its global network. Club World (long haul business class) flights to New York start from £1,199 return while Club Europe (short haul business class) customers can pick up return flights to Bologna from £147 return. Customers can also pick up return business class flights to Rome from £165, Athens from £195, Montego Bay and Toronto from £1,299, Antigua and Barbados from £1,399. Holiday offers include 3-night getaways to Dubai from just £1,325pp and 7-night trips to St Lucia from £1,479pp. For those wishing to experience

Britain and Japan sign post-Brexit trade deal

Courtesy of the BBC News Britain and Japan have formally signed a trade agreement, marking the UK's first big post-Brexit deal. The deal, unveiled last month, means nearly all its exports to Japan will be tariff free while removing British tariffs on Japanese cars by 2026. UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss called it a "ground-breaking, British-shaped deal". But critics have said it will boost UK GDP by only 0.07%, a fraction of the trade that could be lost with the EU. The two countries had reached a broad agreement in September, and the deal is expected to boost trade between the UK and Japan by about £15bn. The deal, which was negotiated over the summer, will take effect from 1 Ja

Heathrow Launches Pre-Departure Rapid Testing

Heathrow have announced their pre-departure testing facility is now active in Terminals 2 and 5 enabling passengers to received COVID-19 results in 60 minutes. Read more >>

BABC Member HSBC Shares COVID-19 Brief Podcast

Vaccine prospects, UK state of play and China's five-year plan. Dr Stephen McGarry looks at the race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, Elizabeth Martins examines a trio of risks facing the UK and Qu Hongbin assesses China's economic policy priorities for the next five years. Listen Here >>

BABC Member Osborne Clark Features Valuable Globalization Playbook Podcasts

Over the fall months, BABC member Osborne Clark has released a series of globalization playbook podcasts design to help companies who are exploring or engaged in international expansion. The podcasts are easily accessible and focus on key topics including: Hiring Internationally Using Immigration to Support Your International Growth Hiring Global Talent Anywhere Structuring Your International Operations Visit the Osborne Clark International Expansion & Growth Webpage to Access the podcasts and connect with the team of experts.

Charting a Course: A Roadmap to a Comprehensive UK-U.S. Free Trade Agreement

Reaching a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (U.S.) is one of the most ambitious and significant political projects in the transatlantic corridor. BABC-PNW sister chapter, BritishAmerican Business draws on years of extensive work that the organization and its members have done in support of further transatlantic integration, Charting a Course presents the key events and issues that define what may be achieved in the UK-U.S. Free Trade Agreement negotiations, and by when, and sets out a list of recommendations for governments on both sides of the Atlantic to sustain the momentum in these talks. Click here to read the Roadmap Report

Inside BABC member Microsoft's efforts to make AI systems more inclusive of people with disabilities

Saqib Shaikh says people who are blind, like himself, typically develop highly organized routines to keep track of their things — putting keys, wallets, canes and other essentials in the same places each time. Saqib Shaikh, Microsoft principal software engineering lead and one of the founders of Seeing AI. Photo by John Brecher. But sometimes life gets messy: A child needs help finding a lost stuffed animal, identical garbage bins get moved around on the curb or coats get jumbled together at a party. Today, a person using Microsoft’s Seeing AI app can point a phone camera at a scene, such as a conference room table, and hear a description of what’s in the frame: laptops, water bottles, power

Hot off the Press: BABC Member Tahmina Watson Launches New Book on Legal Heroes in the Trump Era

BABC member Tahmina Watson's newest book on Legal Heroes in the Trump Era is hot off the presses. The book tells the story of 14 “legal heroes” who have responded to the crises of the Trump presidency in innovative and inspiring ways, from advocating for asylum seekers on the southern border to defending environmental protections in the nation’s highest courts. The creativity and sacrifice in the pages are a guide for anyone who believes in the law as a tool to fight oppression and advance the cause of freedom. The downloadable Kindle publication is available through BABC member Amazon for only $.99. Get the Book

BABC Interim Vice Chair & Secretary Jeff Brennan - Recognized as a Fellow of Information Privacy

Congratulations to BABC Interim Vice Chair & Secretary, Jeff Brennan on his recognition as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. As Chief Privacy Officer & General Counsel for Vettd, Inc., Jeff was acknowledged for many accomplishments including his contribution to Vettd’s AI solutions and for his comprehensive knowledge of privacy laws and privacy program management. Read the full announcement.

Navigating a Pandemic: Keep Your Biz Moving with Innovative Solutions from BABC Member Moss Adams

Navigating disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic can feel like a feat of resilience, but you can keep your business moving forward with Moss Adams innovative solutions, engaged collaboration, and forward-looking perspectives. Explore strategic guidance to help your business plan for what’s next—including tips to boost cash flow, support your workforce, cybersecurity protection for remote work set-ups, and more—at Moss Adams dedicated COVID-19 resource page. Access the Resources

BABC member Hobart Machined Products Named Manufacturer of the Year by AWB

Congratulations to BABC Member Hobart Machined Products. The company was recently awarded and recognized as the 2020 Manufacturer of the Year by the Association of Washington Business. Hobart Machined Products is a small, woman-owned aerospace manufacturing company that exemplifies Washington’s manufacturing spirit. The company was recognized for its overall contributions, over many decades, to Washington’s manufacturing sector, including its willingness to engage in local, federal and state policy on behalf of all manufacturers. Founded in a garage in 1978 by Rosemary and Larry Brester, the company now employs eight people and makes parts for a variety of industries including aerospace and

Getting Strategy Right – the sweet spot where impact & finance work together: MKS on-demand webinar

Impact and finance are where head and heart come together; you simply can’t have one without the other. However, for many organisations it can be difficult to get the balance right between them – too much focus on impact and an organisation’s financial sustainability is at risk. But too much emphasis on finance over impact can mean that you’re not achieving your fundamental aims as a not for profit. So how can you arrive at the right balance, and what tools can you use to ensure that you’re staying on the right track? Moore Kingston Smith's Fundraising & Management Impact and Finance teams discuss the relationship between impact and finance, how Coronavirus has made us think again, and how t

Survive & Thrive – gearing your business for growth: An MKS on-demand webinar

In this webinar Moore Kingston Smith restructuring expert Dan Leaman explains how to identify a sustainable business model, and ensure that a business has sufficient cash resources to implement the business model. He also speaks about how to ensure a business model is a scalable platform for a recovery and how to monitor outturn against these plans. Tim Stovold, Head of Tax, and Richard Cummings, Strategic HR Partner, provides input on the tax and people considerations to take into account when looking at your business model. This includes benefits packages, redundancies and areas where cash may be available to claim. Learn more about MKS.

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