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BusinessBrief February/March 2018/19 edition is now available!

Read our exclusive cover story entitled WHISTLEBLOWING | THE COST OF COURAGE! by David Loxton, Head, Africa Forensics & Cyber, as well a host of other topical management articles written by professionals, consultants and academics in the February/March 2019 edition of BusinessBrief.

Social engineering of the most disastrous kind

The Council of Higher Education (CHE) has established itself as South Africa’s primary protector of the Holy Grail of Higher Education Qualifications - at the cost of the dignity of our working citizens.

2018 Cyber trends and recommendations for 2019

Cyber-attacks are increasingly becoming more and more sophisticated, and the magnitude of their impact across all industries globally is at an all-time high. A number of reports in the last two years revealed that the BRICS economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) were found to be amongst the largest victims of cybercrime. According to VM Advisory*, South Africa is listed as one of the ten globally most vulnerable countries to cyberattacks.

Workplace mobbing mounting!

Mobbing is ‘bullying on steroids’, a horrifying new trend where a bully enlists co-workers to collude in a relentless campaign of psychological terror against a hapless target. (This is different to flash mobbing in a workplace which can be a form of a strike where employees do something collectively to draw attention to an issue).

Jail time for cartel conduct?

The amendments to the Competition Act, 1998, which introduce criminal liability for cartel conduct, came into effect on 1 May 2016.

To what Degree?

On a daily basis we deal with graduates who are not able to find work despite impressive sounding qualifications. Some qualifications sound very glamorous, but only return value after a person has reached a Master or Doctorate Level.

GRIT & PURPOSE | Foundations for exponential success

853,000,000 results pop up when you google SUCCESS - tips to achieving anything, traits of successful leaders, steps to launching your million-dollar startup, even how to become the next Mark Zuckerberg. Most people tend to think the most successful entrepreneurs, business owners and CEOs we read about just got lucky. That the key to their success was the sum of the perfect equation of entrepreneurial traits, skills, money and background. Some magic formula the rest don’t have access to.

Internet of Things (IoT) security concerns may hamper growth

Businesses are, for a large part, uninformed and risk averse towards securing IoT. Enterprise, industrial and commercial IoT is a sticking point for business, particularly in South Africa, where boards of directors and senior executives are not yet knowledgeable about the benefits. This causes them to be exceptionally averse to risk, but this is changing as younger and more informed ‘tech-savvy’ executives are being appointed to boards.

Counter terrorist financing measures

In the past 20 years, threats and incidents of terrorism have grabbed global headlines and urged nations to step up laws against not only the act but also the financing of terrorist activities. In South Africa more recently, the spotlight fell on the threat of terrorism after a spate of incidents in which alleged bombs were placed in shopping centres around Durban.

FEATURE | PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND CAREERS

This feature takes a look at how professionalism helps to build and maintain an ethical society, one that upholds the values of honesty, integrity and dependability. It explores the role professional bodies play in setting and upholding industry standards, and how professional development assists in the maintenance of those standards. It also looks at the role business schools are playing in professional development, and what skills will be needed in the future world of work.
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