Date posted: June 21, 2016

Victoria held its State Symposium on Monday 30 May. We had over 50 participants and the day was focused on CyberSecurity, Fraud and HR.

Neil Wilson, from Oakton set the scene through his frank assessment of the business landscape and explanation of how new technologies are disrupting businesses everywhere. Businesses are being forced to become increasingly digital as both customers and employees seek more online connection.

Ben Meager and Shane Mahoney , KPMG, gave a clear overview of some recent and persistent fraud and cyber threats and then highlighted  some of the pro-active measures organisations can take to minimise their vulnerability to fraud.

Danielle McNamee, Processworx and Jeremy Manford, Compu-stor gave a great discussion style presentation on HR and the processes that can be put in place to hopefully avoid problems in the future.

The Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, The Hon Minister Philip Dalidakis closed the day with a wrap up of what the new initiatives and plans that the Victorian Government have in the area of CyberSecurity and also Innovation.


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I am sure that you have seen the emails being sent out about the FBA National Conference – Victoria finally has our chance to be the host for 2016, which means that you cut down on costs, with no need to travel interstate or pay for accommodation. The early bird rates close on July 6, so be quick to secure your spot! We do offer day delegate rates if you are unable to attend the whole conference. Click here for more information.

Applications for the 2016 Award for Entrepreneurship and Next Generation Achiever Award which will both be presented at the National Conference are now open, click here for more information. If you know a worthy recipient of these Awards encourage them to apply, or let me know and I can follow them up.

Alex Petersen
VIC TAS State Manager