Security and Risk Online on Amazon Opens Data Centers to Boost U.K. Cloud Services

(Bloomberg) — Amazon Web Services, the cloud-hosting arm of Amazon.com Inc., opened new data centers in the U.K. as it seeks to stay abreast of competitors in offering cloud computing services to government and health-care customers.

The new data centers, announced in a statement on Wednesday, follow decisions by IBM and Microsoft Corp. in the past two months to expand their cloud computing infrastructure in the U.K.

The U.K. data region, which comprises two zones, each consisting of multiple data centers, is the 16th Amazon Web Services operates worldwide and it’s third in Europe. A fourth in France has already been announced and will open next year.

Governments are increasingly moving computing functions into the cloud. But they are often required for regulatory and security purposes to hold data within their national borders. The same applies for sensitive health-care information. Meeting these demands is one reason cloud providers are rushing to open more data centers around the globe.

“This is a great enabler for data that has to remain in the U.K., like health-care,” Chris Hayman, who manages Amazon Web Services’ British government accounts, said in an interview.

Liam Maxwell, the U.K.’s national technology adviser, said in a statement that the government had saved 3.5 billion pounds ($4.4 billion) so far by choosing to host data in the cloud rather than on its own servers.

Financial-service firms are also often concerned with minimizing the time it takes to connect to trading venues, another reason to expand in the U.K., said Teresa Carlson, vice president for worldwide public sector operations for Amazon Web Services. “The U.K. is a really important part of the world, being a center of the financial industry,” she said.

The decision to build new data centers in the U.K. predates the country’s June vote to leave the European Union, Carlson said. But giving customers the ability to store data in the U.K. has taken on increased importance since the Brexit vote as clients worry about whether British data privacy rules will diverge from European standards. “Now, whether the U.K. is in Europe or not, they have their own region,” she said.

Amazon Web Services declined to specify exactly how many facilities it operates in the country, how many people will be employed or how much money it will invest.

Karen Bradley, U.K. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said in a statement that Amazon’s action “is a strong endorsement of our approach to the digital economy” and “shows a clear confidence in the U.K. being open for business and one of the best places in the world for technology companies to invest in and grow.”

Online Security at IRS phone scam finally may be fizzling out

Online Security at IRS phone scam finally may be fizzling out

We all should be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day that one of the worst scams to hit the Lehigh Valley, and the nation, finally is on its way to being cooked.

Complaints about the IRS phone scam have dropped significantly in the past month or so. After three years, international detective work and technological advances finally have carved deeply into these turkeys’ business.

The scheme isn’t completely stuffed away yet, so remain vigilant. But it’s certainly not as prevalent as it was.

The relentless calls started in fall 2013. Con artists pose as IRS and U.S. Treasury agents and threaten people with a lawsuit, arrest or grand jury investigation unless they immediately pay supposed tax debts.

The debts aren’t real but the callers bully people into paying over the phone, usually with prepaid debit cards and iTunes cards. More than 9,600 people, including some locally, have lost a combined $50 million. A California man lost $136,000 when he was exploited repeatedly over 20 days, according to the U.S. Attorney General’s Office.

I heard from hundreds of people who got the calls. Some were scared. Others were confused about whether the calls were legitimate. Many knew they were fraudulent and wanted to know how to stop them or where to report the scoundrels.

Nearly 2 million complaints about the scam have been reported to the Inspector General for Tax Administration. It’s also the top scam complaint to the Better Business Bureau.

But it’s been a month or more since I’ve heard any complaints. Reports to the inspector general and the BBB are way down.

That’s because some of the people accused of making the calls have been locked up. Early last month, authorities in India raided a call center and charged 70 people with fraud. On Oct. 27, U.S. authorities announced that 56 others had been indicted; some of them in the states, along with five call centers in India.

“We are encouraged that our investigation, which resulted in the announced law enforcement action in late October, has had a significant impact on this criminal activity,” inspector general’s spokeswoman Karen Kraushaar told me.

At the peak of the scam, more than 30,000 calls were reported to the inspector general in a single week. That was down to about 1,000 in one recent week.

People still are being ripped off, though, and the inspector general recently learned of 40 people who lost money, Kraushaar said.

“It is extremely important that people remain vigilant and remember to hang up on callers who claim to be IRS or Treasury employees and make threatening calls demanding immediate payment,” she said.

In about the past month, the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker website has received 91 reports of tax fraud, compared to 489 the previous month. While those figures include all types of tax scams, the vast majority are IRS scam calls.

“We are pleased with the drop and are looking forward to the day when we aren’t getting any IRS tax scams reported,” said Kelsey Owen, communications and public affairs director for the Better Business Bureau office that covers eastern Pennsylvania.

There are variations of these scam calls. Sometimes the callers are men. Sometimes they are women. Some calls are live while others at least start as robocalls. Callers often instruct victims not to tell anyone about what’s going on and to remain on their cellphone while they are buying the prepaid cards to pay their supposed debt. The callers try to sound official, sometimes offering badge numbers and case numbers. But their foreign accents often give them away.

In addition to the arrests, technology also played a role in reducing the number of calls getting through.

As I reported in a recent column, a new technique being developed by phone and technology companies to block illegal robocalls stopped a substantial number of these scam calls during a test.

While this is all good news, I fear the fraud could catch a second wind. Schemes as profitable as this often morph into new ones. The Better Business Bureau also warned of that.

“We know from past experience that scammers are opportunists,” Emma Fletcher, manager of the BBB’s Scam Tracker, said in a news release last month. “Hopefully this crew won’t be stealing from anyone again for a long while. But we will be keeping an eye on incoming scam reports so we can alert consumers what the ‘next big thing’ in scams turns out to be.”

The IRS phone scam already was evolving prior to the raid in India. John Miller of Bethlehem Township told me he got several calls in late September from the “Office of Taxation” that followed the same script.

“I guess they gathered that everybody has figured out the IRS game so now they’re trying a different name,” Miller told me.

If you get an IRS scam call, you can report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (800-366-4484, www.tigta.gov) or the BBB Scam Tracker (www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us).

Protect yourself against scams by reading my previous Watchdog columns at www.mcall.com/watchdog. If you are targeted with a new scam, let me know and I’ll warn others.

The Watchdog is published Thursdays and Sundays. Contact me at watchdog@mcall.com, 610-841-2364 or The Morning Call, 101 N. Sixth St., Allentown, PA, 18101. I’m on Twitter @mcwatchdog and Facebook at Morning Call Watchdog.

Who was CRIB Advisors Mentors Singapore, Women networking Singapore?

Vision

We envision a society where women, particularly mothers, are able to achieve work-life balance – having a fulfilling career while making family a priority – and where women entrepreneurs are part of a vibrant community with a robust support ecosystem, enabling them to create successful businesses, especially enterprises which create a social impact.

Mission

Our mission is to empower women to obtain self-fulfillment and financial independence, build strong families, and benefit the economy and society at large, by helping them to start sustainable, socially-minded businesses.   Our long term goal is to successfully introduce CRIB to other countries, especially developing nations, where entrepreneurship significantly impacts the lives of women at the bottom of the pyramid – many of whom are the main (or even sole) breadwinners for their families.  We believe CRIB can give these enterprising women the opportunity, network and know-how to start viable, sustainable businesses as well.

Values

We help women entrepreneurs by:

  1. Creating a community of like-minded women to form a support and business network,
  2. Providing invaluable guidance and advice from our experienced and successful CRIB mentors,
  3. Helping to obtain funding whether through government grants or private investors, and
  4. Providing a database of trusted business resources and services

We recognize the significant contribution that women provide to the economy and to society, and we benefit the economy by helping women develop viable businesses, creating jobs, and increasing productivity

We create a community of understanding employers who are mothers themselves and thus, provide greater work-life balance oriented employment opportunities for other women and mothers-to-be

We want to change the mindset of society as a whole:

  1. To recognize the importance and strive towards the creation of work-life balance,
  2. To view being an involved mother while contributing financially to the family and society as a viable option, and
  3. To increase the willingness of women to start families

We aim to help the women in CRIB build strong, loving family relationships; and where possible, contribute to an increase in Singapore’s Total Fertility Rate aka more babies!

We support businesses that are conducted responsibly, ethically and morally. In choosing businesses to support, we will have a preference towards social enterprises

Impact

CRIB fulfills a societal need. We aim to create successful women entrepreneurs with profitable and sustainable businesses.   In so doing, we can help:

  • Individuals achieve fulfillment in their lives,
  • Strengthen families by providing mothers with work-life-balance, and
  • Benefit society by creating a positive mindset change, increasing economic output, introducing innovative businesses and social enterprises, and raising Singapore’s Total Fertility Rate

As a social impact business, CRIB endeavors to reinvest all returns towards sustaining and growing our operations, with a portion of finances channeled towards complementary social causes that benefit women entrepreneurs.

New Mothers Support Group Singapore: Sensory Play & Art at Tanderra

Recognized as a fundamental element to early development, sensory play and art sessions at Tanderra are a fun way for your child to be engaged and messy in a safe, child focused environment.

Facilitated by qualified early childhood educators, sessions include water, paint, sand and more, and offer children an opportunity to stimulate their senses as they discover and explore the world around them.

This event will take place on the 1st Friday of every month.

Ages: 6 months to 3 years

Time: 9.30am to 11.00am

Cost: $15/child (includes tea/coffee for mum)

Please register for this event via the NMSG Meetup group

New Mothers Support Group Singapore looks forward to seeing you there.

Location: Art Pegola @ Tanderra, Block 73 Loewen Road, #01­21, Singapore 248843 www.tanderrasingapore.com

Dates 2016

Friday 2 September

Friday 7 October

Friday 4 November

Friday 2 December

Organizer

Nicole O’Connor

The Hay Group Singapore on Pharma deals don’t have to threaten innovation

In pharma, the big story of the spring and summer has been M&A. The drama began in April with an asset swap between GSK and Novartis. The most recent headline grabbers have been inversion deals like AbbVie’s $54 billion acquisition of Shire.

All this deal activity is a potential threat to innovation. Why? During a deal, it’s easy to overlook the intangible drivers of development: people and culture.

Deal mania makes it easy to forget that people and the way they work together are the main drivers of innovation. Drug development is a team sport, and the way the players interact is a major factor in achieving success. Too often, deals break up environments that have made innovation possible.

M&A integrations also create atmospheres of anxiety within a company that dampen R&D productivity. When layoffs occur—or wind of them blows through an organization—people focus less on their jobs and more on job security. The threats to innovation don’t end there:

  • R&D budgets shrink, jobs are cut and research projects dry up.
  • Researchers have to adjust to a new team and a new work environment.
  • When two distinct research cultures merge, it can destroy delicate ‘ecosystems’ of climate and culture that support scientific discovery.

Integration doesn’t have to harm innovation. But you have to stay focused on people.

So with our most recent white paper “Keep your innovation from walking out the door” we want to share three key people strategies to keep innovation rolling.

Source: blog.haygroup.com/

Careers at BGC Partners Limited Tokyo

Our Employees are central to BGC’s business strategy and recruiting and retaining top tier talent is vital to our success and the reputation of our brand.

Our dynamic, fast paced global business provides a challenging career opportunity for both graduates and experienced financial markets employees looking for rapid career progression. Our flat structure and meritocratic approach enable our people to really make their mark and gain maximum exposure across the business.

If you are looking for a unique employment experience, then we are the employer for you. BGC Partners Limited Tokyo is actively recruiting for a diverse range of opportunities. BGC Partners Limited Tokyo offer competitive pay/benefits packages and a work environment committed to professional growth. BGC and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers.

Bacall Development: How to find a good commercial property

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re looking for a commercial property. Finding the perfect property for your business can be difficult, so Bacall Development advise you to keep reading to help you search for the right one.

Location can set a great difference to the kind of business you own. Not every business rely on location for the success of their business. If you depend on customer contact in a retail setting, then be in a place that is accessible to your customers because it could affect the success (or failure) of your business.

You may choose a location that offers a peaceful environment if you don’t see clients that much. Your staff will be more focused to do their tasks with serene surroundings. Creating a home office is also advisable to save on operating costs and provide potential tax savings if you’re not expecting visits from your customers and don’t have any employees in site.

Size is also an important factor to consider, based on reviews gathered by Bacall Development and its associates. See to it that the property fits perfectly to the kind of business you have. To avoid added expenses because of retrofitting, make sure that the place has been outfitted with wiring to complement your communication and electrical needs. You should know the zoning ordinances of the place as well.

Even though the location has high rent but is accessible to your potential customers and meets the needs of your business, then it is perfect for the growth of your enterprise. It’s good for a retail business owner to place its business near similar businesses according to reviews. Ensure that the property offers comfort and safety to your customers.

You can find affordable properties through courthouses and get a list of business closings or property foreclosures. Consider different alternatives as well such as buying a lot and have control over the construction and design, leasing a build-to-suit, and renting an existing space.

Consulting a real estate broker can help you find a commercial property and lessen your options. If there are places that interest you, better visit them in person to assess some issues that may affect your business such as competition, traffic, and overall convenience.

But if you’re not the type that likes to go in different places by foot, you can search available properties online through real estate websites. Bacall Development wants you to act quickly in case you already found the right one for you and your business because a good commercial property does not stay available for long.

Simple Investment Tips for Women

“A woman’s best protection is a little money of her own.” – Clare Boothe Luce

Majority of women are independent individuals; thus they take charge of their money and manage their own financial stress. However, if you’re having a hard time doing so, online financial blog prepared some simple and easy tips on how to handle investment and your personal finance.

Apparently, every woman in the world doesn’t want to get widowed or divorced; however, the possibility is there. You should always be prepared and learn to do everything yourself, especially handling your money. You should have a deeper understanding of financial investment because you don’t want to get into trouble with your personal finances, right? Everyone wants to reach her financial goals. It’ll be better to take charge of your money and make wise investment decisions at an early age. If you don’t have sufficient knowledge about personal finances, it’s only natural that you’ll fear investing money, plus the fact that you don’t want to make the wrong investment decisions.

If the economy is unstable, a lot of investors get worried about their financial funds. However, when it comes to money management, women are usually more emotional than men.

Studying each financial investment should be your first assignment. You should keep your worries and fears at bay. You can’t made the right financial decisions if you don’t understand the financial figures. In order to eradicate emotions from a decision and be more logical, it’s really important to understand your personal finances.

Your second assignment will be determining your financial growth and progress. Focus on how far you’ve come instead of taking a look at where you want to be. Each year, make your own 3 to 5 financial goals, and at the end of the year, check to see if you’re still taking charge of your money. Your financial goals may include a raise or job promotion; increase your 401k contribution by 1% or lower your budget and save more. Each financial success is worth celebrating, just do your best and trust yourself.

For your last assignment, identify where you would like to go financially. But first you should know how much money you have. Some women have no idea what they actually have for investments. A financial planner can be a huge help to you, and if you’re working with one, allow her to explain your investments until you understand them, regardless how long it takes. You need to understand what you’re paying for the investment; so always ask about the fees. If you do necessary research and understand them, you can manage your own investments very well. Research each fund on the web to make sure you’re choosing the best money management possible when you’re deciding your 401k allocation. Evaluating your time frame, financial need and investment risk tolerance are the basics of a solid financial plan.

Some women just need a little push to discover what they’re capable of. Remember that having negative thoughts will only consume that little light of hope in your heart. You just need to understand the facts, your goals, the time-schedule, and your risk tolerance. You can establish a better plan if you have a deeper understanding on those things, and you’ll be in a better shape than you think. Move forward and reach your financial goals using this knowledge.

Everyone is facing money stress, not just women. Financial disorder also makes even the experts wonder if their strategies are sustainable. Cope with the changes in the market and your new financial reality by developing a careful financial plan. This will put you ahead of the pack.

Welcome to Insurance Fraudulent Claims Investigators

Welcome to Claim Investigators, a venture of Greves Verification Solutions (GVS) DMCC, DUBAI – UAE; a group with wide range of risk management services with a separate division of insurance Claim investigative services. The Company is proud to have our partners and associates in more than 115 countries and our network is spread in all dimensions of Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America and South America by covering even the remotest locations. The Company here to serve you and to replace your uncertain decision while remitting any claim. Our services are specially design to protect the Insurance sector. The Insurance sector is very wide and the company through our services tries to curb the fraudulent activities assisting the sector on every step.

Claim Investigators have experienced and trained partners/associates across the globes that have expertise for investigating the insurance claims with wide vision. They are holding good reputation and are known in their respective locale especially to tackle difficult situations. This makes us unique for providing the best services and with quick results. Our team of Claim investigators promises to serve clients round the clock, while you are in any corner of the globe. The Company follows a simple process while documenting the case but through proper analyzing and directions. Claim Investigators tackle each case with different Modus-Operandi and with this specialization; Claim Investigators undertake all kind of insurance investigation matters ranges from Insurance Fraudulent Claims Investigations, Accidental Benefits/Vehicle Crash Claims, Life Insurance Claim Investigations, Third-Party Claim Investigations, Fatal Accident Investigations, Death Verifications and Medi-Claims Investigations and other claim related issues.

Our services are retained by many insurance companies and they are a witness to the fact that they have gained the benefits of our services. Claim Investigators successfully verify the legitimacy of the claims, identifying the liable fraud, false claims and provide better risk management service of Insurance sector. Claim Investigators always believe that investigation should be conducted in a manner that the company obtains all evidences relevant to save our client’s money. Our teams of investigators in each country are professional and capable to figure out the true facts so that the company helps our clients to save a big amount of money. The claim investigations mainly are conducted through open enquiries but if the need arises we make discreet investigations with complete confidentiality. As an important part of every claim investigation, our investigators put in their bets of efforts to trace the witnesses. There are numerous cases where we abstract the details through different language transcript and our translators compile the reports by translating the reports. The Company always makes sure that our reports are compiled with proper statements and provide the end results. Claim Investigators always keep the clients budget into consideration but with real outcome. In few cases, our team has obtained relevant evidences of actual status of the claim which are far costlier than it’s worth. Claim Investigators are well equipped with latest equipment for surveillance which helps us in giving our best and satisfying services.

Claim Investigators always try our level best to guide and help Insurance industry by handling the growing problems of Insurance Frauds. If you feel suspicious about a claim, The Company is there to assist you. Our only aim is to serve our clients and provide solutions by suggesting the best ways to curb the fake claims. With our expertise and skills the company makes it harder for the bogus claimant to succeed. To avail our services based on your need and desirability, kindly contact us on info@claiminvestigators.com according to your requirement and suitability.

Taller de dibujo y pintura para niños de Mossack Fonseca

Gracias al Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), hijos de los colaboradores del Grupo Mossack Fonseca disfrutaron de talleres gratuitos

ARTE | Gracias al Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), hijos de los colaboradores del Grupo Mossack Fonseca disfrutaron de talleres gratuitos de dibujo y pintura dictados por instructores expertos. Esta actividad forma parte del programa educativo del museo denominado ‘EducArte – Los niños unidos por el arte’ y está dirigido a niños y jóvenes de diferentes edades con la intención de darles una visión positiva y emprendedora del mundo que los rodea y, sobre todo, despertar la creatividad de cada individuo.

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