Tanza Loudenback, provided by Published 10:44 am PST, Monday, January 14, 2019 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. The IRS will issue refunds to taxpayers even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the filing season, a decision that may reduce political pressure on Congress and President Donald Trump to reach a deal to reopen the federal government. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg less The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. The IRS will issue refunds to taxpayers even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the filing ... more Photo: Andrew Harrer, Bloomberg Photo: Andrew Harrer, Bloomberg Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 … [Read more...] about The IRS will still accept tax returns during the partial government shutdown. Here’s how you can file for free online.
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Small businesses face significant regulatory pressure. Take the recently enacted General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which creates significant hurdles for managers doing business in the European Union around the management of customer's information. Before the enactment earlier this year, the UK's data protection watchdog - the Information Commissioner's Office - received more than 2,500 calls every week from small businesses seeking last-minute advice on GDPR.Other legislations cause similar challenges. SMBs must pay attention to employment rules, such as the National Living Wage, and the publication of any potential gap in payment between men and women. Additional legal areas for attention include the corporate governance of private companies, and consumer rights changes, such as the abolition of surcharges for customers paying by credit or debit card. Yet help is at hand when it comes to dealing with rules and regulations. By making a shift to the cloud, your business can … [Read more...] about Using the cloud to turn governance into a business advantage
A growing number of companies are pouring investment into Big Data analytics. According to a Gartner forecast, the business intelligence and analytics software market is expected to hit a staggering $22.8 billion by the end of 2020.It is well known that Big Data analytics can be used to make better decisions faster and increase profitability. However, many IT leaders do not realise that real results depend on what happens after the software solution has been implemented. Continuous monitoring and tuning is crucial for the model to consistently deliver the expected business value.Without this next step, it can be difficult to achieve the desired results.What can companies do to get the most out of their analytics investment? Here is a checklist of six best practices:1) Start with the decision, not the dataExploring different advanced analytics tools without a clear idea about how they will solve current business problems is a waste of time and resources. Start by focusing on the … [Read more...] about Six best practices for maximising your analytic payoff
Protecting your endpoints from cyber threats is a critical aspect of securing your organisation’s network. While network perimeter security solutions secure the boundaries between your internal network and your service provider’s network, there is still the risk of malware infiltrating your internal network via endpoints.With theaverage cost of a successful endpoint attack increasing from $5.1 million in 2017 to over $7 million per company in 2018, more and more companies are realising the importance of a multilayered cybersecurity approach, with endpoint protection an integral part.In the current cybersecurity landscape, it’s essential that enterprises implement a layered approach to endpoint security. They must assess their vulnerabilities and design a solution that leverages effective security solutions to plug said vulnerabilities.Evaluating your needsThe first step in choosing the best endpoint security solution is to understand what your business needs.1. … [Read more...] about Choosing the best endpoint security for your organisation
Brazilian authorities reiterated that the electronic voting machines are completely fraud-proof prior to the election run-off, which took place on yesterday (29).In a public service announcement run on national television and radio on Saturday night, the minister at the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) Justice Rosa Weber highlighted the security of the electronic polling machines in use in Brazil and the danger of fake news dissemination.To ensure a smooth election involving nearly 148 million citizens in Brazil, where voting is compulsory, Weber said the electoral justice took "various measures to prevent and correct any possible failures."She stressed the electronic voting machines currently in use are "safe, reliable, auditable and in use for 22 years without a single proven occurrence of fraud."Some polling machines that were thought to have yielded inconsistent were audited and no fraud suspicions were confirmed, Weber said. The auditing process was carried out under the watch of … [Read more...] about Brazilian government reiterates e-voting security