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From the Chief Executive - 27 October 2017

Submitted on Friday, 27th October 2017

With Melbourne’s spring events calendar is well underway, we were delighted to learn the smash-hit production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will come to Melbourne following its Broadway run. Once again, Melbourne has secured a major event coup, and will be the only place in the southern hemisphere people can see the show.

Obviously this will attract many visitors, benefitting thousands of businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector, and will boost the optimism that many surveyed businesses showed in our latest Survey of Business Trends and Prospects about the upcoming peak season.

Also revealed in our latest Survey of Business Trends and Prospects was a worrying admission by more than one in 10 surveyed businesses that they don’t have any cyber security measures in place in their business. While the majority of Victorian businesses do have protection in place, just over a quarter have basic anti-virus software protection.

As more than half of the survey’s respondents reported an increase in cyber security threats over the past five years, we encourage businesses to do a security check on their systems. If you are not sure how to go about this, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be running a new Cyber Resilience Workshop on Wednesday 1 November designed to equip business owners and Board Directors with the key information and knowledge they need to improve their organisation’s resilience to cyber threats. 

Register for this workshop if you need practical information for your business on topics such as technology exposures, risk assessment and management, threat monitoring, governance and legal compliance, workplace policies and procedures, and cyber insurance.

It might seem like a long time away but many businesses will be planning their holiday leave and rostering over the festive season.  What better way to finish off the year than attend our end of year event with Lisa Wilkinson AM. Fresh off the Today desk and prior to her much-publicised move to Channel 10, this event has already received extraordinary interest and we expect tickets will sell fast. To be sure you don’t miss out, visit our events page for more information.

Mark Stone AM


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